Nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment is often recommended for more severe cases. CPAP treatment can be uncomfortable and difficult because it utilizes a mask held in place by straps that is used while you sleep. This mask has small pouches that are inserted into the nostrils to control the amount of air pressure sent into the nose to keep the airways open. This helps control breathing. The mask is connected to a machine that monitors air pressure to reduce and eliminate the episodes of stopped breathing. CPAP also keeps the soft tissue in the back of throat open during sleep.
Because CPAP is a mask worn during the night and is dependent on the use of a machine, it may be uncomfortable and cumbersome for many people. Active people who enjoy sleeping out of doors or who travel often are not good candidates for CPAP. Luckily, there is a better alternative for sleep apnea treatment.
The SomnoDent MAS™ appliance is custom made to fit your mouth and is a great treatment for those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. This plastic appliance is worn during sleep and helps keep the soft tissue in the throat from collapsing.
How Does the SomnoDent MAS™ Appliance Work?
The SomnoDent MAS™ appliance moves your lower jaw into a position that is a little bit forward from your normal position. This gives the effect of tightening the soft throat tissue, which prevents it from collapsing.
The SomnoDent MAS™ appliance has a patented mechanism in the lower arch that makes sure to keep your lower jaw in the most effective position. This means that you will be free to move your mouth open and closed during sleep or if you need to take a drink of water. Moving your mouth open and closed does not reduce the effectiveness of this appliance and is a unique feature that many sleep apnea treatments do not possess.
If you suffer from mild to severe sleep apnea, please contact San Diego Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Coleman for a confidential sleep apnea consultation. He will be able to answer all of your questions and help you decide what sleep apnea treatments are best for your condition.