St. Augustine Dentist Treats Sleep Apnea Part 9
Option 3: MAD or OAT
The third option is using a mandibular advancement device (MAD) or oral appliance therapy (OAT). The idea is to stop the obstruction from occurring. When you sleep your jaw slides back allowing the tongue to collapse over your airway. Your tongue is connected to your jaw. If you support your jaw and stop it from falling backward, the obstruction, in your obstructive sleep apnea, is either stopped or greatly reduced. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends OAT for those with mild or moderate sleep apnea as a FIRST line of treatment. If you have severe sleep apnea it can be used in conjunction with your CPAP in hopes of weaning you off of it or just to reduce the force of air. Our preferred MAD is the Somnomed. We have had great success with this treatment and encourage you to contact us at (904) 940-3933 for a FREE consultation to discuss your needs.
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