SomnoMed out of Crows Nest, Australia has been showing off its SomnoDent MAS device for obstructive sleep apnea at Sleep 2009 in Seattle this week. Worn while sleeping, the MAS is two custom shaped acrylic plates connected to each other, that are fitted over the teeth by a dentist, that force the lower jaw a bit forward. In other words, the device delivers what anesthesiologists call the “Jaw Thrust.”
A streamlined design with minimal bulk, which maximizes the size of the lingual space and reduces gagging. An excellent fit in both upper and lower arches. The unique design provides anterior and posterior contact, which provides a stable occlusion and prevents tooth movement and minimises termpero-mandibular joint discomfort and injury caused by bruxing. The MAS is constructed in two separate pieces that allow patients to open and close their mouths. This allows clear speech, yawning and drinking without requiring the patient to remove the appliance. The ability to communicate clearly while wearing the device is particularly appreciated by patients and their partners. The small form factor of the MAS and absence of anterior retaining mechanism helps patients sleep with their mouths closed. This minimises excessive salivation, dribbling, dry mouth and other common side-effects from wearing oral appliances. The high-quality fit of the SomnoDentÂ® MAS provides excellent levels of retention and ensures that there is limited to no damage to existing teeth, crowns or bridgework. Additionally, patients can titrate the device (if required) and it is easy to clean and disinfect. While it is exceptionally durable, its acrylic construction allows it to be easily repaired. The device is titratable and allows for each individual patient’s optimal protrusion position to be found. One that is both effective and comfortable to the patient.