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A dental sleep appliance, also known as a mandibular advancement device (MAD) or a mandibular repositioning device (MRD), is a type of oral appliance used in the treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders, particularly obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring. These appliances are designed to be worn in the mouth during sleep and work by repositioning the lower jaw (mandible) and tongue to help keep the airway open.


Understanding Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterised by pauses in breathing or shallow breathing during sleep. These pauses can occur multiple times throughout the night, disrupting the normal sleep cycle and leading to symptoms such as loud snoring, daytime fatigue, and difficulty concentrating.

There are three main types of sleep apnea:

  1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): This is the most common form of sleep apnea and occurs when the muscles in the throat relax, causing the airway to become blocked or narrowed during sleep.
  2. Central Sleep Apnea (CSA): This type of sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send the appropriate signals to the muscles that control breathing during sleep.
  3. Mixed Sleep Apnea: This type of sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.


Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea and occurs when the flow of air through the mouth and nose is obstructed during sleep. While occasional snoring is usually harmless, chronic snoring can be a sign of an underlying sleep disorder such as sleep apnea.


Here’s how a dental sleep appliance typically works:


A dental professional, often a dentist with expertise in dental sleep medicine or a sleep specialist, evaluates the patient’s condition and takes impressions or digital scans of the teeth and jaws.

Appliance Fitting:

Based on the impressions or scans, a custom-fit dental sleep appliance is created for the patient. It is designed to fit comfortably in the mouth and is adjustable to ensure an optimal fit.

Mandibular Advancement:

The appliance is worn in the mouth during sleep, and it typically consists of upper and lower dental trays that are connected or hinged. The lower tray is adjustable, allowing for gradual advancement of the lower jaw.

Airway Stabilisation:

By repositioning the lower jaw forward, the appliance helps prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues at the back of the throat. This, in turn, helps to maintain an open airway, reducing or eliminating snoring and preventing episodes of breathing pauses (apneas) in individuals with sleep apnea.

Treatment of Snoring and Sleep Apnea:

Dental sleep appliances are often used as a treatment option for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and can also effectively manage snoring. In more severe cases of sleep apnea, or if patients cannot tolerate CPAP therapy, a combination of treatments or alternative approaches may be considered.

It’s important to note that the effectiveness of dental sleep appliances can vary from person to person. Regular follow-up appointments with the dental professional are typically necessary to monitor the appliance’s fit, make any necessary adjustments, and ensure its ongoing effectiveness.

Dental sleep appliances are considered an effective and well-tolerated treatment option for certain individuals with sleep-related breathing disorders.


Why Choose Facial Harmony Skin & Dental for Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment?

Multidisciplinary Approach

Our dental team at Facial Harmony Skin & Dental takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating sleep apnea and snoring, working closely with sleep specialists and other healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive care tailored to your individual needs.

Customised Treatment Plans

We understand that every patient is unique, which is why we create personalised treatment plans based on your specific symptoms, medical history, and treatment preferences. Whether you require CPAP therapy, oral appliance therapy, or surgical intervention, we will work with you to find the most effective solution for your sleep apnea and snoring.


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Don’t let sleep apnea and snoring disrupt your sleep and affect your quality of life. With effective treatment options available at Facial Harmony Skin & Dental, you can enjoy restful sleep and wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about our sleep apnea and snoring services and take the first step towards a healthier, happier life.