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