Benefits of MicrO2
As an oral appliance, MicrO2 obviously has many advantages over CPAP treatment for sleep apnea. But it’s also a revolutionary approach to oral appliance therapy, offering many important benefits, including:
- No intrusion into lingual (tongue) space
- Mechanism-free posts hold jaw in place
- Easy to adjust
- Digital fitting improves fit and makes replacement easier
- Contoured lip and cheek borders improve comfort
- Control-cured PMMA allows for compact strength
One of the reasons for the “micro” in MicrO2 is that it’s designed to fit over your teeth without intruding into the space occupied by the tongue. This helps make MicrO2 more comfortable.
Where many sleep appliances have a mechanical adjustment interface that helps hold the jaw in adjusted position, MicrO2 uses a simpler solution: posts that overlap from the top and bottom, preventing your jaw from sliding back and forth. Adjustment is performed not by screws or gears in this mechanism, but simply by switching out appliances. When you receive your MicrO2 appliance, you will actually get two upper and two lower trays. These trays are configured in a slightly different measure, allowing you to change out one or the other to adjust the position of your jawbone. This allows for four different positions for your jaw, which generally is enough adjustment to ensure it’s working properly.
The MicrO2 is the first CAD/CAM sleep appliance that’s been cleared by the FDA. The CAD/CAM difference makes for both simplicity and accuracy. Digital impressions are easier to take–no biting down into impression material–and they’re easier to use. We can send them directly to the lab, allowing them to start on your new appliance faster. The digital impression process also allows MicrO2 to be built with lip and cheek borders for improved comfort.
And because the CAD/CAM process works by carving the appliance out, not by molding or curing it, the MicrO2 can be made using from precision-cured material, making it lighter and stronger. Combined with the lack of any vulnerable adjustment mechanisms, this may make MicrO2 a much more durable appliance than others on the market today.
Protecting Your Jaw with MicrO2
One potential problem with oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea is that it can cause or aggravate temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). But the MicrO2 helps us avoid that. Because it’s a smaller device, we don’t have to build in a certain level of jaw movement, we have more flexibility to get the minimal jaw movement that will be best for your sleep apnea and your TMJ.
The adoption of MicrO2 at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), the leading school for neuromuscular dentistry, is in large part because it allows us more freedom to find a physiologically comfortable position for your jaw.
If you are looking for sleep apnea treatment that is comfortable, easy, and may even be better for your jaw, please call (201) 343-4044 or contact us today for an appointment with a sleep dentist at River Edge Dental.