Anti Snoring Treatment For Adults
A mandibular(lower jaw) advancement device,MAD, is an alternative treatment method that may be a non surgical alternative to treat snoring. It works by temporarily moving the jaw and tongue forward, which reduces throat constriction and prevents sleep apnea and snoring. Moving the tongue forward increases airway space. Although sleep apnea is the condition most commonly associated with a MAD, that isn’t the only sleep issue it can treat. The devices can also be helpful if you snore or clench/grind your teeth.
Some MADs are custom or semi-custom and fit a specific person’s mouth. Others, also known as boil-and-bite MADs, are available over the counter. They feature soft materials that become more pliable under exposure to hot water. Biting down on the flexible mold helps fit the device.
Who are likely to gain the most benefit from MADs ?
- Those with mild-to-moderate sleep apnoea
- Young people
- People with sleep apnoea that improves when sleeping on their side
- Those with a receding jaw structure (also known as a retrognathic mandible)
Who would not benefit much by using mandibular advancement devices?
- Older adults
- Individuals with obesity and those with excess fat tissue around the neck
- Those with a stiff jaw, which makes advancement difficult
- People with dental conditions, such as untreated tooth decay, ill fitting crowns, gum disease and very poor dental alignment
- People with central sleep apnea, which is a neurological condition rather than a mechanical one
It is important to note that MADs are not suitable for people who wear dentures or have severe dental issues.
Are there any risks and side effects with lower jaw advancement devices?
Although a MAD can help limit sleep apnea symptoms and snoring, there are some side effects. These can include:
- Discomfort around the jaw and mouth area
- Excess drooling
- Dry mouth
- Gum irritation
- Discomfort and pain around the temporomandibular joint
The side effects of wearing an MA device are usually mild. However, they can sometimes lead people to forego treatment with a MAD.