What is Mandibular Repositioning?
When you are in a sleep state your muscles relax. In your mouth, your tongue and the muscles of your airway – those that support the palate relax as well and in some cases they obstruct or constrict the airway causing obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. Mandibular repositioning is the process of pushing the tongue and jaw forward so that the airway does not become obstructed during sleep. When they are in a more forward position the airway is enlarged allowing air to flow smoothly in and out as you breathe.
A mandibular repositioning device (MRD) is used to accomplish the opening of the airway. This appliance is fitted specifically for you by a dentist with expertise in this field. At Central Park South TMJ Center, you will find that our team has the experience and the skill necessary to give you the perfect fit for your MRD. The MRD is worn when you sleep and removed during waking hours.
Is Mandibular Repositioning the Right Treatment?
According to several medical reports from the National institutes of Health, mandibular advancement devices are very effective in treating snoring and OSA. Snoring and OSA are health issues that need to be treated as soon as possible due to the negative effects on overall health. While there are other treatments available as well such as continuous positive airway pressure machines (CPAP), mandibular repositioning appears to be a simple, comfortable and efficient method of addressing the issue. As with any other oral device, it is important to follow up with subsequent appointments to ensure that the device is fitting well and performing as expected.
At The Central Park South TMJ Center, our professionals have an amazing track record of restoring normal sleep to multitudes of people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Not only are the people with the disorder helped, those who share their sleeping space are also appreciative of the restored quiet during sleep. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.