This device is custom-made and includes two retainers to be inserted on the upper and lower arches.
The retainers are manufactured using a laser sintering process.
The connector system consists of two triangles attached to the lower retainer and of retaining rods. These rods are connected to the upper retainer and to the triangles of the lower retainer in order to maintain the jaw in a forward position.
Benefits of treatment utilizing a mandibular advancement device (MAD)
- Non-invasive, reversible, and long-term treatment
- Excellent patient compliance because of its effectiveness, its comfort and the absence of side effects
- Minimizes bulk in the mouth when sleeping thanks to its small size and comfort
- Easy adjustment, titration, insertion, and removal both for the dental practitioner and the patient
The action mechanism
- Mandibular advancement with retention
- Interchangeable rods to control the advancement
- No pressure on incisors
- Articulation parallel to the occlusal plane
- Made in type 12 organic polyamide
- Homogeneous material
- Easy insertion and removal
Custom-Made Oral Appliance
The device is designed according to the characteristics of each patient, thus offering a better fit to minimize discomfort and increase stability.
Advantages of the Connector System
This innovative system transfers forces in the horizontal plane. It reduces muscle pain and stress on the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). Since the retaining rods and the pivot points located on the triangles of the lower retainer and on the anchor points of the upper retainer are elevated, vertical forces are suppressed. The fact that there are no vertical forces limits the retention of the retainers to strong teeth, which increases comfort and, consequently, improves patient compliance to the treatment. The device works in the same direction than the muscles and the design minimizes the size and the retention force of the retainers to provide an improved comfort and protect the teeth.
The traction mechanism allows the closing of the mouth while reducing tension in the joints. The closing of the mouth contributes to nasal breathing, which reduces vibrations resulting in snoring, as well as collapsing causing episodes of apnea.
The Panthera device facilitates lateral and vertical movements during sleep. Consequently, it is also possible to breathe through mouth. Wearing the device does not stop the patient from drinking, yawning or talking. The components of the plastic connector system are safe and metal free. There is no risk of swallowing or inhaling the components.
By changing the retaining rods, it is possible to move the jaw forward gradually, one or half millimeter at a time, in accordance with medical recommendations.