Sleep Apnoea Treatment

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Sleep Apnoea Treatment

Enjoy a refreshing night’s sleep and relief from snoring and mild sleep apnoea with a safe and effective dental device.

If you or someone close to you suffers from snoring or mild sleep apnoea, please speak with one of our dentists about our new, highly successful sleep apnoea treatment called the SomnoMed MASTM.

MAS stands for “mandibular advancement splint” and it fits over your top and bottom teeth like a sports mouthguard. It works by positioning your bottom jaw slightly forward of its usual position, which prevents the walls of your airway from vibrating against each other. It is this vibration that causes the snoring noise.

In the case of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), as the muscles of body relax during sleep, the position of the jaw, tongue and the muscles and soft tissues in the neck and mouth narrow or block the airway opening. Not only does this narrowing of the airway cause snoring, but it can also then lead to a reduction of airflow or even stop the airflow altogether. Breathing can stop for 20-40 seconds at a time at which stage a signal is sent to the brain to wake up! The person gasps for breath, falls asleep again, starts snoring and the cycle continues.

A person with sleep apnoea may have hundreds of these episodes each evening, resulting in lack of oxygen to the brain and the body’s vital organs, as well as disrupted sleep. Sufferers of OSA are at signficantly higher risk of general medical problems like high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes, stroke and obesity.

In cases of obstructive sleep apnoea a MAS is worn at night and advances the lower jaw to a more forward position. This forward position of the jaw correspondingly brings the tongue and other soft tissues forward and away from the throat, keeping the airway open.

Your Medland dentist will carefully examine your resting jaw position to determine your suitability for the MAS. We will then take measurements, prepare the device and provide you with detailed instructions on its use.

The MAS is an Australian product designed to suit our lifestyle and living conditions. We are confident you will be happy with the effectiveness of this device and know it will give you and the members of your household peace of mind and a quiet, restful sleep.

Will the MAS work if I have a bridge or denture?


Patients with a bridge or denture can successfully use a MAS. We will make additional adjustments to ensure it works perfectly with your existing devices. Patients with partial dentures may be successfully fitted with a MAS if there are enough teeth to anchor the device.

Does the MAS need to be serviced?


During your biannual dental check-up, your Medland hygienist will check the position of your MAS, clean it thoroughly and tighten the moveable parts to ensure its thorough working order.

Should I have a sleep study?


It is highly recommended you have a sleep study to diagnose if obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is present, its severity and to ensure it is treated appropriately. Sufferers of OSA are at signficantly higher risk of general medical problems like high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes, stroke and obesity so it is important that it managed effectively and a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) apparatus might be recommended instead.

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