How MicrO2 Works
The MicrO2 device holds your lower jaw in a slightly forward position, thus gently moving the throat tissues away from the back of the throat. This opens the way for airflow and helps reduce snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
MicrO2 device is custom made to uniquely fit each individual that it is fabricated for. The device comes in two parts. One device fits over your upper teeth and one over your lower teeth. The device will also have a series of additional Upper or Lower devices; each one in the series is designed to move the jaw forward stepwise. There are no confusing mechanisms to adjust on the actual device. Jaw advancements can be easily achieved by simply removing the current Upper or Lower device and inserting the next Upper or Lower device in the MicrO2 advancing series.
How to Get MicrO2
Only a dentist can provide you with a MicrO2. Specially trained dentists play a key role in screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Then, partnering with medical doctors, a dentist can provide the MicrO2 to treat those suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea as well as individuals needing an alternative therapy to CPAP.
If you have not already been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea
You may wish to seek a diagnosis from your own medical doctor. Or, a specially trained Sleep dentist can offer you a pre-screening assessment. To get you started, the dentist you select will examine your mouth and ask you some questions relating to your health and sleep history. Depending on your screening assessment, you may be offered a home sleep test or be referred to a medical physician for a sleep study and diagnosis. Oral appliances for the treatment of OSA will not be covered by medical insurance, unless you have an actual diagnosis of OSA. Once you have a diagnosis, you may choose to have an oral appliance and return to your dentist for a MicrO2device.
If you have already been diagnosed as suffering from OSA
If you are seeking a new treatment option, you may wish to try an oral appliance. If you are a CPAP user and are noncompliant or have difficulty adapting to the regular use of CPAP, or if you have worn other oral devices but found them too complicated or cumbersome, you may want to try the MicrO2 device. The MicrO2 is the smallest, easiest and most comfortable oral device and is effective in keeping your jaw forward at night and your airway open while you comfortably sleep.
Once a MicrO2 device has been decided upon, your dentist will take dental molds of your teeth and measure and record a bite registration with your lower jaw in a forward position. These dental records will then be sent to the dental laboratory where the device will be custom made for you. The MicrO2 device will be manufactured in an FDA-registered dental laboratory. When your device arrives from the laboratory, your dentist will examine it for proper fit and function. Finally, your dentist will show you how to insert, remove, clean, and care for your device.
Clean your devices (Home Care Instructions)
Each morning after use, thoroughly clean your MicrO2 devices using a regular soft toothbrush, cool or warm water and mild detergent, such as mild toothpaste, orthodontic device cleaners, or antibacterial liquid soaps. Denture cleaners may be too harsh.
Rinse and Dry
Rinse thoroughly and dry your appliance completely before storing in the container. It may help to leave the container open to ensure that your devices dry thoroughly. While drying and storing, be sure to keep out of reach of animals and children.
Daily soaking of your devices is not necessary, nor recommended. Note: Water can etch the surface of resin and leave mineral deposits. Mouthwash or concentrated bleach solutions can permeate the resin material, and your device can absorb the odors from cleaning solutions.
Warning: Do not clean the appliance in hot or boiling water. This can cause the resin material to warp.