Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) involves repeated bouts of airway obstruction during sleep due to relaxation of the tongue and airway muscles. It is commonly associated with snoring. Common symptoms of OSA are snoring, waking unrefreshed, tiredness, and waking during the night choking or gasping for air. However, many patients may be unaware that they have the condition.
Once sleep apnoea is diagnosed, a sleep study is recommended following which a decision is made regarding use of oral appliances that have been shown to treat mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnoea. These are also referred to as Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS) or Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD) or Mandibular Repositioning Appliances (MRA). They are only placed in the mouth at night and visually are similar to a mouthguard.
They work by posturing your lower jaw forward, hence allowing your airway to open more and reducing the risk of your tongue collapsing back on the airway. Please contact us for further information.