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Anti-Snoring Devices (MADs) in Ottawa

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Dental Appliances for Sleep Apnea in Ottawa

At Ottawa South Denture Clinic, we make custom-made Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs,) which are anti-snoring appliances that can help ease occurrences of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea isn’t just disruptive to your significant other or roommates, it is a potentially life-threatening syndrome, and you should take your treatment seriously.

While we’ve made our name on dentures, we’re passionate about improving the health of patients across Ottawa and the surrounding communities. Our MADs will greatly enhance your quality of sleep by delivering restful sleep, helping Ottawa sufferers of sleep apnea rest peacefully.

The Negative Effects of Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Snoring and sleep apnea are more than just disrupting your partner’s sleep – though that’s certainly an important factor. Not getting a good night’s sleep means that you are not productive the next day. This sleep deficit takes a toll on your health, wellness and quality of life, both in the short and long term. Short term effects include loss of productivity at work, possibly leading to financial loss. It also has antisocial effects, and can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental/emotional issues in a long run. Sleep apnea and loss of sleep also have physical effects, including weight gain, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, acid reflux and more. That’s why sleep issues such as snoring and sleep apnea are best dealt with as soon as possible.

MADs vs. CPAP

When it comes to managing sleep apnea, the traditional CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine is considered the gold standard. However, many individuals find it challenging to consistently adhere to CPAP treatment. In fact, research shows that nearly half of CPAP users eventually discontinue their treatment. Studies have indicated that MADs offer an effective alternative, especially for those with mild sleep apnea or those who struggle with CPAP therapy. According to scientific findings, the following groups are more likely to benefit from MADs:
  • Individuals with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea
  • Young people who are affected by sleep apnea.
  • Those whose sleep apnea symptoms improve when they sleep on their side.
  • Females who experience sleep apnea.
  • Individuals with a receding jaw structure, also known as a retrognathic mandible.

Conversely, the following groups are less likely to experience symptom improvement with MADs:

  • Older adults who have sleep apnea.
  • Individuals with obesity or excess fat tissue around the neck.
  • People with a stiff jaw, making jaw advancement difficult.
  • Those with dental conditions, including gum disease.
  • Individuals with central sleep apnea, a neurological condition distinct from mechanical sleep apnea.
In comparison to CPAP machines, MADs offer several advantages. They are portable, occupy minimal space in the bedroom, emit no noise, and do not require electricity. If you're interested in exploring whether a MADs is suitable for your sleep apnea needs, don't hesitate to reach out to our team at Ottawa South Denture. We're here to arrange a consultation and help you find the best solution.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my snoring persists?

Unfortunately, there is no absolute guarantee that a MAD will resolve your snoring problem. This is particularly the case when snoring is seen in tandem with other health issues. They can still provide an improvement for most users though.

To get the most out of a MAD, correct fitting is essential, as is making sure the device is not damaged and worn out. If a MAD isn’t helping with your snoring, then you should consider a higher level of anti-snoring option such as:

  • TSDs – Tongue Stabilizing Devices
  • Dental Appliances
  • CPAP Machines
  • BPAP Machines

It is important to consult with your physician to determine the best option for you if MADs prove to be ineffective.

How can I keep my MAD clean?

There are a couple of things that you could do to keep your MAD clean, including:

  • Placing the device in hot water
  • Regular brushing with toothpaste
  • Soaking the device in specialized cleaning solutions

How long do MADs last?

It ultimately depends on how frequently it is used. At the bare minimum, a MAD should last at least six months and up to two years. We recommend that boil and bite MADs be replaced every year, and custom MADs be replaced every three to five years.

Are there any side effects from using a MAD?

Since this kind of device forces the jaw to move forward for extended periods of time, and is braced by fitting to the user’s teeth, it isn’t uncommon for them to experience some initial discomfort that will go away after some time using the device. Side effects can include:

  • Sore/Stiff Jaw
  • Toothache
  • Teeth Moving Out of Alignment
  • Hyper Salivation or Mouth Dryness

The best way to limit or avoid these side effects is to have a MAD custom made. This will ensure the best fit and comfort while wearing, and any side effect experienced will seem minor in comparison to the benefit of improved sleep that the user will have.

What types of MADs are there?

There are three main types of MADs:

  • Boil and Bite MADs: These can be bought from pharmacies and online. Similar to a sports mouth guard, these are boiled in water, then the user places it in their mouth and clamps down to form the device to their teeth. While this is the cheapest option, it only provides basic support and doesn’t always provide the best fit or comfort while sleeping.
  • Semi-Custom Devices: The user takes a custom mold of their teeth, and then sends it away for the device to be custom fitted.
  • Custom Dental MADS: With a referral from a physician, a completely custom-made device can be made by a dentist, denturist or sleep specialist. These experts take care of the moulding and fabrication process to create a device that provides a perfect fit and more comfort than any other type of MAD. These devices can also be refined and adjusted as needed by these specialists.

Our clinic offers custom options for MADs.

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How Do MADs Appliances Work?

MADs essentially force your lower jaw forward, which increases airflow in your airways while you sleep. They often result in quality sleep patterns and increased physical and mental awareness throughout the day. Correcting sleep apnea can greatly improve your quality of life and reduce some dangers, including a risk of heart problems. Signs include:

  • Insomnia
  • Loud snoring
  • Headaches during the morning
  • Frequently waking up with a sore or dry throat
  • Lacking energy during the day, frequent naps
  • Waking up during the night with a choking or gasping sensation
  • Moodiness, memory lapses & instances where you stop breathing during the night

The Negative Effects of Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Snoring and sleep apnea are more than just disrupting your partner’s sleep – though that’s certainly an important factor. Not getting a good night’s sleep means that you are not productive the next day. This sleep deficit takes a toll on your health, wellness and quality of life, both in the short and long term. Short term effects include loss of productivity at work, possibly leading to financial loss. It also has antisocial effects, and can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental/emotional issues in a long run. Sleep apnea and loss of sleep also have physical effects, including weight gain, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, acid reflux and more. That’s why sleep issues such as snoring and sleep apnea are best dealt with as soon as possible.

MADs vs. CPAP

When it comes to managing sleep apnea, the traditional CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine is considered the gold standard. However, many individuals find it challenging to consistently adhere to CPAP treatment. In fact, research shows that nearly half of CPAP users eventually discontinue their treatment. Studies have indicated that MADs offer an effective alternative, especially for those with mild sleep apnea or those who struggle with CPAP therapy. According to scientific findings, the following groups are more likely to benefit from MADs:
  • Individuals with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea
  • Young people who are affected by sleep apnea.
  • Those whose sleep apnea symptoms improve when they sleep on their side.
  • Females who experience sleep apnea.
  • Individuals with a receding jaw structure, also known as a retrognathic mandible.

Conversely, the following groups are less likely to experience symptom improvement with MADs:

  • Older adults who have sleep apnea.
  • Individuals with obesity or excess fat tissue around the neck.
  • People with a stiff jaw, making jaw advancement difficult.
  • Those with dental conditions, including gum disease.
  • Individuals with central sleep apnea, a neurological condition distinct from mechanical sleep apnea.
In comparison to CPAP machines, MADs offer several advantages. They are portable, occupy minimal space in the bedroom, emit no noise, and do not require electricity. If you're interested in exploring whether a MADs is suitable for your sleep apnea needs, don't hesitate to reach out to our team at Ottawa South Denture. We're here to arrange a consultation and help you find the best solution.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my snoring persists?

Unfortunately, there is no absolute guarantee that a MAD will resolve your snoring problem. This is particularly the case when snoring is seen in tandem with other health issues. They can still provide an improvement for most users though.

To get the most out of a MAD, correct fitting is essential, as is making sure the device is not damaged and worn out. If a MAD isn’t helping with your snoring, then you should consider a higher level of anti-snoring option such as:

  • TSDs – Tongue Stabilizing Devices
  • Dental Appliances
  • CPAP Machines
  • BPAP Machines

It is important to consult with your physician to determine the best option for you if MADs prove to be ineffective.

How can I keep my MAD clean?

There are a couple of things that you could do to keep your MAD clean, including:

  • Placing the device in hot water
  • Regular brushing with toothpaste
  • Soaking the device in specialized cleaning solutions

How long do MADs last?

It ultimately depends on how frequently it is used. At the bare minimum, a MAD should last at least six months and up to two years. We recommend that boil and bite MADs be replaced every year, and custom MADs be replaced every three to five years.

Are there any side effects from using a MAD?

Since this kind of device forces the jaw to move forward for extended periods of time, and is braced by fitting to the user’s teeth, it isn’t uncommon for them to experience some initial discomfort that will go away after some time using the device. Side effects can include:

  • Sore/Stiff Jaw
  • Toothache
  • Teeth Moving Out of Alignment
  • Hyper Salivation or Mouth Dryness

The best way to limit or avoid these side effects is to have a MAD custom made. This will ensure the best fit and comfort while wearing, and any side effect experienced will seem minor in comparison to the benefit of improved sleep that the user will have.

What types of MADs are there?

There are three main types of MADs:

  • Boil and Bite MADs: These can be bought from pharmacies and online. Similar to a sports mouth guard, these are boiled in water, then the user places it in their mouth and clamps down to form the device to their teeth. While this is the cheapest option, it only provides basic support and doesn’t always provide the best fit or comfort while sleeping.
  • Semi-Custom Devices: The user takes a custom mold of their teeth, and then sends it away for the device to be custom fitted.
  • Custom Dental MADS: With a referral from a physician, a completely custom-made device can be made by a dentist, denturist or sleep specialist. These experts take care of the moulding and fabrication process to create a device that provides a perfect fit and more comfort than any other type of MAD. These devices can also be refined and adjusted as needed by these specialists.

Our clinic offers custom options for MADs.

Areas We Service

Ottawa South

From Billings Bridge to Hunt Club, Alta Vista to Rideauview, we’ve got Ottawa South’s denture needs covered. After all it’s right there in our name! Whether you need new dentures in Ottawa South, Denture repairs or a Denture check-up, count on Ottawa South Denture Clinic for all your denture needs!

Riverside South

Located just up the road a short drive from Riverside South, Ottawa South Denture Clinic is a trusted provider of dentures and denturist services. Cross your bridge of choice and make your way to our clinic on Prince of Wales Drive for new dentures, Denture repairs or a Denture check-up. We'll be here ready for you with our smiles on!

Nepean

From Barrhaven to Baseline, Centrepointe to Crestview to Country Place, Ottawa South Denture Clinic is here to serve all your denture needs. Whether you need Complete Suction dentures, Partial dentures, Denture repairs or a check up with the denturist, count on Ottawa South Denture Clinic for all your denture needs.

Gloucester

From Beacon Hill and Cyrville to Findlay Creek and Leitrim, Gloucester’s denture needs are taken care of at Ottawa South Denture Clinic. We make dentures on site and have a world-class denturist here to take good care of you, whether you need Complete dentures, Partial dentures, or Denture repairs. Count on our clinic to be there when you need dentures.

Russell

Ottawa South Denture Clinic takes great care of all of Russell’s denture needs, from Complete dentures and Partial dentures to Denture repairs and Denture check-ups. We’re located just a short drive from Russell, Ontario, on Prince of Wales Drive in Ottawa South. No matter your needs in Russell, Ottawa South Denture Clinic is here for you!

Embrun

Looking for a denture clinic close to Embrun? Ottawa South Denture Clinic has your denture needs covered. From Complete dentures, Lower Suction dentures and Partials dentures to Immediate dentures, Denture repairs and Denturist check-ups, count on us. Reach out today and see how Ottawa South Denture Clinic can help you!

North Dundas

From Hallville to Winchester to Chesterville, we’ve got North Dundas’ denture needs covered. Whether you are new to dentures and are wondering which you need, Complete dentures or Partial dentures; or you have dentures but need Denture repairs or a check-up, count on Ottawa South Denture Clinic for all of your denture needs.

Metcalfe

Looking for a denturist or denture clinic near Metcalfe? Ottawa South Denture Clinic is here to serve you. We’re just a short drive up the road, without all that Ottawa traffic to deal with. From Complete dentures and Partial dentures to Immediate dentures and Denture repairs, count on Ottawa South Denture Clinic for your dentures!