A mandibular advancement device (MAD) is a nighttime dental appliance that can either be used as an alternative to CPAP or in severe cases, in combination with CPAP, for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. A sleep appliance may also be able to treat snoring and upper airway resistance syndrome.
The MAD appliance opens the collapsible part of the airway by holding the lower jaw forward. This helps to reduce or eliminate airway restrictions or obstructions in the back of the throat that occur as our muscles relax during sleep.
Sleep appliances can now be chipped with a compliance sensor for patients required to provide sleep apnea treatment compliance data to their employer.
Dental sleep appliances can be fabricated for patients after a sleep physician has made a sleep diagnosis and treatment recommendation. The Montrose Dental Care team can assist patients with the process of getting a sleep diagnosis from a sleep physician and understanding treatment options. We can then provide sleep appliance therapy as needed or recommended.