Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder with which patients stop breathing in varied duration and frequency during their sleep. The consequence of sleep apnea is lack of consistent and adequate oxygen supply to the major organs of the body such as brain and heart, with time this disorder, if left untreated, causes a number of health problems such as high blood pressure, heart problem, stroke, headache, depression, ADHD etc.
If you experience symptoms such as loud snoring; wake up with a sore and dry throat; sleepiness and lack of energy during the day; forgetfulness and mood change, see your primary care physician and be referred to a sleep physician for sleep apnea test and diagnosis. When the diagnosis of sleep apnea is made, a CPAP machine is the treatment of choice for treating moderate and severe degree of sleep apnea. However for mild degree of sleep apnea or severe degree of sleep apnea when some patients are not able to tolerate wearing the mask of the CPAP machine during sleep, the treatment alternative to CPAP machine is a mandibular advancement oral appliance made by the dentist, becomes necessary for treating sleep apnea.
Mandibular advancement device (MAD) increases the airway diameter of the sleep apnea patients due to soft tissue collapse by advancing their lower jaw forward, therefore maintain the airflow and oxygen supply during the otherwise arrested breathing periods.