Sleep Apnoea

Sleep Apnoea/Snoring Splint

If your sleep physician has recommended oral appliance therapy as a suitable treatment option, we will be able to provide a dental appliance that is right for you. Our devices are made with safe materials that are approved for use in your mouth and clinically tested for effective treatment.

The Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) is a sleep apnoea device that is worn on the teeth during sleep like an orthodontic appliance. Also known as an anti-snoring device, the splint is used to prevent the soft tissue from collapsing into the airway and disrupting normal breathing patterns. Scientific evidence shows that the device is effective in treating mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea and getting rid of snoring.

How does MAS/MAD work?

To understand how the device works to cure the snoring issue, you should have a basic understanding of why snoring occurs in the first place. When a person’s airway is partially blocked by the soft tissue and muscles surrounding the windpipe, it creates soft palate vibrations that cause the snoring.

obstructive sleep apnoea

The Mandibular Advancement Splint typically consists of two splints that are worn over the upper and lower teeth. The two plates are connected in such a way that the device pushes the lower jaw forward relative to the upper jaw’s position. In most cases, this helps to open up the wearer’s airway while preventing the surrounding soft tissue from collapsing on it. The device typically repositions the user’s lower jaw (mandible) by about 8 to 10mm, which is generally enough to keep the airway open. Your dentist may make adjustments, where necessary, to ensure that the device fits snugly and comfortably in your mouth, and also to increase treatment efficacy.

As a result, the Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) not only helps to eradicate the snoring, it significantly reduces the number of apnoea events throughout the night as well as the severity of the condition.