If you snore at night, a mandibular advancement device, or MAD, may offer you a solution that helps you get a restful night’s sleep. MADs are designed specifically to help gently keep your lower jaw, also known as the mandible, in its proper forward position, increasing the space of your airway passage and helping you breathe better through the night.
For some, the placement of your tongue can also impact your chances of snoring. In these cases, our dentists may recommend other specialized devices that stop your tongue from falling back over your windpipe. At your consultation, your dentist will determine which of these appliances is right for your individual needs.
A device that affects the placement of your jaw and tongue may sound uncomfortable, but thankfully, mandibular advancement devices are built for comfort, helping you to sleep without even noticing you’re wearing it. It does not prevent you from breathing normally with your mouth open, and it can even help those patients experiencing snoring as a result of allergies or sinus congestion.
Some patients experience a slight stiffness in their jaw for the first few mornings after they start treatment with a MAD. However, this feeling is only temporary as your mouth and jaw get used to this new sleeping position and will go away promptly after you wake up and remove the device.