Wednesday, June 3, 2009

MAD and sleep apnea

There is a new device that is supposed to help sleep apnea patients. It is called MAD (mandibular advancement device). The device fits in the mouth and pushes the jaw forward preventing the airway from being blocked. Researchers in Korea have found that this device’s success rate was 74% in their study. The interesting part was that it worked better with those patients that had severe sleep apnea.
That’s great but I wonder why we haven’t heard more about this. If it is a successful alternative to using CPAP this should be a big story.

I did a search on this device and it has been around awhile. It’s similar to other dental devices but I guess the study in Korea seems to have given more credence.

If anyone uses this device or knows anything about let me know in the comment section.


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