The OrthoApnea device works by moving the jaw forward, which helps keep the upper airway open during sleep. By advancing the jaw, collapse of the tongue and soft tissues is prevented, improving airflow and reducing episodes of respiratory obstruction.
OrthoApnea stands out for its customized design and precise fit for each patient. It is manufactured using high quality materials and advanced technology. In addition, its design allows for laterality and vertical opening of the mouth, which enhances patient comfort.
The benefits of using the OrthoApnea device include effectiveness in the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea, comfort for the patient during sleep, customization of the fit and the ability to fine tune to individual needs.
The criteria for selecting suitable patients for the use of the OrthoApnea device may vary according to the dentist’s evaluation and medical diagnosis. However, it is generally recommended for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea and who do not have severe temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems.
The OrthoApnea device fitting and customization process begins with an evaluation and impression taking of the patient’s mouth. These impressions are used to fabricate a custom-made device that fits the patient’s mouth and individual needs.
Some common side effects that patients may experience when using the OrthoApnea device include slight discomfort or pain in the jaw muscles and teeth, excessive salivation and tooth sensitivity. These side effects are usually temporary and disappear as the patient gets used to the device.
The time required to get used to the OrthoApnea device may vary from patient to patient. Some people adapt quickly within a few days, while others may take several weeks. It is important to follow the dentist’s instructions and use the device consistently to facilitate the adaptation process.
Yes, periodic follow-up and adjustment is usually required after the patient begins using the OrthoApnea device. This allows the dentist to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment, address any problems or discomfort that may arise and make necessary adjustments to improve patient comfort and outcomes.
Yes, there may be contraindications to the use of the OrthoApnea device in some patients. Some common contraindications include patients with severe periodontal disease, uncontrolled temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, missing teeth or significant dental problems that may affect device placement and retention. Each case must be evaluated individually.
Yes, in some cases, the OrthoApnea device can be combined with other treatments for sleep apnea, such as lifestyle changes, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy or other adjunctive devices. Combination treatments may be recommended for more severe cases or when a multidisciplinary approach is required.
The OrthoApnea device can be cleaned using a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. It is also recommended to rinse them with water after each use and dry them after use. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s and dentist’s instructions regarding proper cleaning and maintenance of the device.
The typical lifespan of the OrthoApnea device may vary, but is generally expected to last for several years if properly cared for. However, it is important to have regular check-ups with your dentist to assess the condition of the appliance and determine if it needs to be replaced or adjusted.
To prescribe and fit OrthoApnea devices, training in Dental Sleep Medicine may be necessary and recommended. It is important to familiarize yourself with the technical characteristics of the device and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and recommendations to ensure proper prescription and fit.
The clinical results and long-term efficacy of OrthoApnea devices have proven to be positive in the treatment of sleep apnea and related breathing disorders. Clinical studies have shown a significant reduction in the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) and an improvement in the sleep quality of patients using these devices. However, it is important to have in mind that results may vary depending on the individual case and the severity of the sleep apnea. It is essential to continuously follow up with the patient and adjust treatment as needed to ensure long-term efficacy.