What Causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

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Snoring is a result of partial blocking of the upper airway. During sleep muscles relax, including those that control the tongue and throat. The soft tissue (or flesh) at the back of the throat can sag, narrowing the airway. Incoming air then makes the tissue at the rear roof of the mouth (the soft palate), the flap of skin hanging from the palate (uvula) and the throat vibrate – a sound known as snoring.

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Is my patient suitable for treatment with a SomnoDent® MAS?

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For treatment with a SomnoDent® MAS

The SomnoDent® MAS is the ideal alternative to CPAP therapy for patients who suffer from snoring and mild to moderate OSA. The updated practice parameters of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommend the use of oral devices such as the SomnoDent® MAS for mild-to-moderate OSA (AHI < 25), or for patients with severe OSA who are either unable to tolerate CPAP or refuse treatment with CPAP.1

A study conducted by Dr Edmund Rose at the University of Freilberg 2004 proposed that the ideal patient for MAS therapy is one with AHI < 25 and BMI < 30 with good dentition.2 SomnoMed defines this as at least 6 teeth on the lower mandible with no periodontal disease. These indications offer a good guide to screening patients for oral device therapy and may increase the efficacy outcome of the treatment.

SomnoMed encourages screening patients for the above criteria to ensure

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Clinical Description of the SomnoDent® MAS

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The SomnoDent® MAS is a unique, sophisticated, Australian designed oral appliance. It has been the subject of numerous stringent, evidence-based studies that demonstrate the SomnoDent® MAS is a safe, effective, comfortable treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The SomnoDent® MAS has a number of design features and benefits, which overcome many of the issues conventionally associated with oral appliances. These include:

  • A streamlined design with minimal bulk, which maximizes the size of the lingual space and reduces gagging.

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