The device for snoring is called mandibular advancement device (MAD). Its conception is a painless process and requires no anesthesia. The first step in making such a device, either to counter snoring or apnea, is a full clinical mouth examination.
A panoramic radiograph and a 3D scan of your mouth and your temporomandibular joints are required. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine if you can benefit from a MAD safely. The professional must ensure that your teeth are strong enough to bear the device. The jaw joints should also be healthy.
If the specialist determines that the MAD is for you,a second appointment is booked to take impressions of your teeth. Using a special paste, your upper and lower teeth are registered to make an exact replica of your mouth. The specialist then records your occlusion so that the device is crafted in the right position. The models of your mouth will be sent to the laboratory with detailed instructions ensuring the device is manufactured according to the treatment plan. This usually requires a period of 2 to 3 weeks.
At your third appointment, the specialist will make the final adjustments to optimize efficiency and comfort. Advice will be provided verbally and in writing in order to facilitate device wear and keep it in good condition as long as possible. Follow-up visits are to ensure the proper function of the MAD and to make corrections if necessary. The frequency of these visits will be determined depending on the patient’s condition and clinical situation.