What Does a Mandibular Advancement Device Do?
A MAD helps to reduce the symptoms and effects of sleep apnea. It moves your jaw into a forward position while you are sleep. By pushing your lower jaw forward you are helping to expand the airway, and ultimately reducing the number of breathing pauses you experience while sleep.
As mentioned earlier, a CPAP machine is usually the popular choice for treating sleep apnea. So you might be thinking why should I get a MAD device instead? While researchers have found that there is statistically no difference between the treatment and improvement the two devices provide, they did notice something between the devices. They found that patients who used the MAD devices were more likely to comply with it and that they preferred using the MAD device over the CPAP machine. In the past you may have tried a CPAP machine and didn’t like it, so it might be time to switch up treatment options and switch to a MAD device. Reach out to us at Smiles for Health today to discuss your options!