The EndSnorZ mandibular advancement device provides dentists with a 3D-printed option to treat patients with sleep apnea.
Full-service dental laboratory New West Dental Lab has announced a new addition to its family of mandibular advancement devices (MADs), the EndSnorZ Sleep Appliance.
The new appliance is a patient-specific device that is adjustable in 0.5 mm increments across a 10 mm range to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
“This device reflects our commitment to collaborating with our dentist customers and innovating the tools and techniques that help deliver the highest possible level of care for dental patients,” said Hollie Taylor, CDT, New West general manager. “The new EndSnorZ appliance builds on the latest cutting-edge CAD/CAM processes as well as 3D printing technologies to deliver an exceptional dental experience for both the clinician and patient.”
The dental treatment of snoring and sleep apnea requires a trained dentist to position the jaw during sleep so that the upper airway’s tissues, muscles, and ligaments have slight tension. It stops the vibration and partial airway collapse that creates the snoring sound. It also treats OSA by defending the airway from complete collapse.
All MADs, including the EndSnorZ, have a similar method of action. Upper and lower nightguards of the appliance have the same fit, form, and function that dentists who treat snoring and sleep apnea are familiar with.
The differences are in the orientation and material for the connector arms. EndSnorZ connector arms work through traction, gently pulling the jaw into position. This traction also tends to hold the mouth closed and prevents the jaw from collapsing during sleep, which would otherwise obstruct the airway. The EndSnorZ appliance encourages closed-mouth, quiet nasal breathing, increases patient comfort and provides a more restful sleep.
“Success in the practice of dental sleep medicine requires durable materials and precise, predictable fit, form, and function,” said Taylor. “The EndSnorZ appliance fills this requirement. This device provides many benefits for dentists interested in growing their practice with oral appliance therapy.”