A mandibular advancement device is an oral appliance used to treat sleep apnea and related breathing disorders. It is placed in the mouth during sleep and its main function is to slightly advance the jaw to keep the airway open. This helps prevent the collapses and obstructions that cause snoring and sleep apnea, allowing for smoother breathing and more restful sleep.
Some common symptoms of sleep apnea include loud and frequent snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, frequent awakenings during the night, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating and mood swings. If you have these symptoms or suspect you have sleep apnea, it is recommended that you consult a dentist or sleep disorder specialist for a professional evaluation. They will be able to determine if a mandibular advancement device such as the OrthoApnea is right for you.
The OrthoApnea device is easy to use. It is placed in the mouth before bedtime and carefully adjusted to fit your jaw and teeth. The fit should be comfortable but firm to ensure the effectiveness of the treatment. Once in place, the device will keep your jaw in a slightly forward position during sleep, keeping your airway open. Your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions on how to use and adjust the device correctly.
At first, it may feel a little uncomfortable or strange to have the device in your mouth during sleep. You may experience a slight feeling of pressure in the jaw or teeth, as well as excessive salivation. However, most people quickly adapt to the device and find it comfortable to use. If you experience persistent discomfort, it is important to inform your dentist so that the necessary adjustments can be made.
The time it takes to get used to the OrthoApnea device may vary from person to person. Some people adapt quickly in a few days, while others may need several weeks. It is important to wear the device consistently and follow your dentist’s instructions to facilitate the adaptation process. Over time, most people find that the device becomes increasingly comfortable and natural to use.
The OrthoApnea device is suitable for treating mild to moderate sleep apnea and related breathing disorders. However, it is not the best option for all patients. If you have severe sleep apnea or if other factors make it difficult to use the device, your dentist or sleep disorder specialist may recommend other treatments, such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy or other adjunctive devices.
Yes, with the OrthoApnea device you can talk and drink water. Unlike other sleep apnea treatments, the device does not interfere with the ability to speak or swallow. However, it is important to remember that the device must be kept in the mouth during the entire sleep time to ensure its effectiveness. Therefore, if you need to drink water during the night, it is advisable to do so before inserting the device.
Some people may experience temporary side effects when using the OrthoApnea device. These may include mild discomfort or pain in the jaw muscles and teeth, excessive salivation or dry mouth. These side effects usually disappear as you get used to the device. If side effects persist or are uncomfortable, it is important to inform your dentist so that the necessary adjustments can be made.
Yes, to obtain an OrthoApnea device, you will need a professional evaluation and a prescription from a dentist or sleep disorder specialist. They will evaluate your medical condition and determine if the device is right for you. In addition, the OrthoApnea device is custom-made to the specifications of your mouth and individual needs.
The life of a mandibular advancement device such as the OrthoApnea can vary depending on individual use, care and wear and tear. In general, these devices are designed to be durable and can last for several years if properly maintained. However, it is important to have regular check-ups with your dentist to evaluate the condition of the appliance and determine if it needs to be replaced or adjustments made.
To clean your OrthoApnea device, we recommend using a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. You can also rinse it with water after each use and dry it. It is important to follow the instructions provided by your dentist and the device manufacturer for proper care. Avoid using harsh chemicals or hot water.
The time has come for you to put an end to your snoring and enjoy a restful night’s sleep.