Night-time de­vice

The Advertiser - - BOOMER LETTERS EXTRA -

IT was in­ter­est­ing to read the ar­ti­cle about re­search into this some­what hid­den dis­or­der ( Boomer, Septem­ber 10).

I was sur­prised, how­ever, that no men­tion was made of an al­ter­na­tive de­vice used at night-time to aid in the col­lapse of the up­per air­way.

It is known as a Mandibu­lar Ad­vance­ment Splint (MAS). The Splint is cus­tom made ex­clu­sively for each in­di­vid­ual and con­sists of up­per and lower den­tal plates with a “fin” cou­pling mech­a­nism. It is an easy de­vice to use when trav­el­ling and for the in­evitable hos­pi­tal stays.

I un­der­went two di­ag­nos­tic sleep stud­ies at The Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal in North Ade­laide. The sec­ond study was done af­ter six months use of a Som­noDent MAS and it showed sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in my breath­ing and oxy­gena­tion.

Af­ter 10 years of us­ing such a de­vice, it is just a part of my daily rou­tine for pre­ven­ta­tive health. Pa­tri­cia Davies Happy Val­ley

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