Faith-Restoring Research Confirms Efficacy of Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS) for Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Recurrent breathing distress is perhaps the worst feature of sleep apnea. However, according to new research finding presented on 11th June at the 20th Anniversary Meeting of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) in Minneapolis, Minn., such distress can be a thing of the past.

There is now a novel oral device called Sonomat, which is essentially a type of Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS) that effectively reduces AHI, or Apnea- Hypopnea Index (average number of breathing pauses happening in an hour) from 10.3 events per hour to 3.8 events per hour. The device can be effective for patients suffering between moderate and severe OSA.

Sonomat is a portable, self-administered and n unobtrusive device that has sensors fitted within a mattress. Such sensors are designed to measure AHI by recording snoring, breathing and body movements. The percentile reduction of patients who snored also reduced from 38 (without MAS) to 15% (with MAS).

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