What is a mandibular advancement splint (MAS)?
A MAS is a device that is worn in the mouth to bring the lower jaw forward therefore bringing the tongue forward to allow to keep your airway open when you are sleeping at night.
Why do I need to wear a mandibular advancement splint (MAS)?
If you are suffering from sleep apnoea, your tongue falls back and blocks your airway when you are in deep sleep. This is what causes your apnoea. By wearing a mandibular advancement splint you can keep your tongue from falling back and therefore keep your airway open.
Are there any other options apart from mandibular advancement splint (MAS) to treat my sleep apnoea?
The treatment modalities to follow in order should be
- Lifestyle changes: lifestyle changes may include such things as
- Avoiding alcohol and any sedating medications
- Losing weight
- Avoiding sleeping on your back
- Adding an extra pillow
- Using a nasal spray such as Fess to clear the nasal passages
- CPAP: This is the gold standard of treatment
- Surgery: Surgery may include removal of tonsils and adenoids, nasal surgery (to remove nasal polyps, reduce the turbinates that may have enlarged, deviated septum), UPPP, Laser assisted uvuloplasty, radiofrequency ablation. An ENT surgeon in our team will discuss what is the most appropriate for you.
What are the risks of not treating my sleep apnoea?
Your symptoms will get worse and ultimately lead to
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Depression and anxiety
Please call our centre on 02 9264 9120 if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to discuss your problem.