The mandibular Repositioning Nighttime Appliance (mRNA) is an oral device that provides combined maxilla-mandibular correction. The appliance is worn at night, which allows the body to reposition the mandible and gently redevelop the mid-face. Additionally, the mRNA helps to remodel the upper airway, while also shifting teeth into a more natural position. By bringing the lower jaw forward, tissues are lifted off the airway, improving breathing. Because the lower jaw is being held forward by the mRNA appliance, the upper jaw is stimulated to grow, which remodels the airway. Unlike many other sleep apnea appliances that merely open the airway during use, the growth and redevelopment provided by the mRNA appliance is a potential cure for sleep apnea and TMD (temporomandibular dysfunction).
The mRNA appliance might be right for you if you suffer from:
- Sleep apnea
- Constricted dental arches
- High, narrow palat
- Dental crowding
Can I eat and drink like normal?
Because you will be wearing your appliance while eating and drinking, it is best to avoid chewy, sticky or crunchy foods, which can damage or break your appliance.
When do I wear the appliance?
To achieve desired results, you must wear your appliance 24 hours a day, including while eating and drinking. The appliance should only be removed when brushing your teeth or to turn the screw.
Does it hurt?
Some patients experience slight discomfort initially when the appliance is placed, but it does not last long. When adjusting the appliance, there will be slight pressure, but no pain. This pressure should fade within minutes.
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