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Alternative Treatments for Sleep Apnoea

Unfortunately a number of people with Sleep Apnoea do not tolerate CPAP and turn to other treatments such as surgery to the airway or an oral appliance. The following information should give you some understanding of these alternatives.

Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS)

Patients with snoring and mild to moderate Sleep Apnoea can consider this treatment.

MAS is an oral dental device which works by increasing the opening of your airway by pushing forward your lower jaw and opening up the back of your airway. A dentist specialising in this treatment will fit you with a custom made device. The usual oral appliance consists of a “mouth guard” fitted to both your top teeth and bottom teeth and then joined together so the bottom teeth end up in front of the top teeth. By moving the bottom jaw forward this opens up the airway and supports it so the likeability of collapse is far less, thereby reducing the severity of the apnoea events and controlling snoring. For majority of people, moving the jaw forward by about 8 to 10mm is enough to be effective. Adjustments may need to be made if this is not effective or is uncomfortable.

For more information, discuss this treatment with your sleep physician or contact us at the Mid North Coast Sleep Clinic and we can advise you on dentists who specialise in oral devices.

For more information on MAS click on the links below:

Sleep Health Foundation – Oral Appliances PDF

Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnoea

Surgical Treatments for Sleep Apnoea

In the past surgical treatments were an alternative to treating Sleep Apnoea. Today, with the advancement in other non-invasive treatments this is no longer a common form of effective treatment and should be used as a last resort for treating Sleep Apnoea.

Surgical treatment is performed to alter of the upper airway usually involving 1 or more structures, such as the nasal septum, inferior nasal turbinates, adenoids, tonsils, uvula, soft palate, and base of the tongue. Facial or jaw abnormalities, whether acquired or congenital, may also be effective to surgical correction. As with any surgery though, there can be risks of infection and complications.

For more information on surgical treatments talk to your sleep physician or contact us at the Mid North Coast Sleep Clinic and we can advise you on ear ,nose and throat (ENT) surgeons who specialise in these procedures.

For more information on surgical treatment click on the link below:

Sleep Health Foundation – Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

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