Sleep & Snoring (EMA) Orthodontic Appliance

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes for Health (nhlbi.nih) did sponsor research that showed about 1 on 5 adults in the United States suffers from sleep or wakefulness disorders. The same research also showed about 1 in 20 adults in the United States has sleep apnea. The consequences of sleeping disorders are better understood today based on newly funded research. Diabetes, heart decease, and mood disorders are just a few of the health related conditions linked to sleep disorders. At the same these can become an occupational as well as a driving hazard since 1 in three American adults, on a daily basis, are sleepy during daylight hours.

To treat snoring and OSA, many healthcare professionals turn to a non-invasive treatment called Elastic Mandibular Advancement (EMA). This oral appliance is patient-friendly, adjustable, and impressively stable. The purpose of the appliance is to advance the mandible and open the bite to allow for more airflow during sleep.

The EMA resembles and fits the patient like a retainer. The mechanism of opening the bite and moving the mandible forward can be achieved through bite pads and the interchangeable elastic straps providing varying degrees of mandibular advancement. This mandibular positioning moves the tongue forward, allowing air to flow through the oral pharynx. The flexible elastic straps allow the jaw to move in all directions and provide overall TMJ comfort.

Material Properties

Because it fully covers both the arches, the appliance offers a great level of stability. The 2.0-mm thick bases provide retention to prevent movement of the teeth as it advances the mandible.

Elastic Straps

The straps are available in three lengths, which provide the ability to meet the individual requirements of your patient’s treatment and allows for easy adjustments.

The EMA is one of the many appliances we produce. Our technicians are some of the most technically experienced in the field, allowing us to deliver quality-assured products in a timely manner. With a 20-man team, we are confident we have the staff capability to personally attend to your order. Browse through our gallery to learn more about our EMA.

To learn more about EMA appliances, see the following infographic published by the NIH.