Narval CC is a sleep apnea oral appliance by ResMed. It is the first sleep apnea dental device that utilizes computer aided design (CAD) to customize the mouthpiece to the patient's mouth.
Narval CC device resembles a mouth guard. However, is is customized by a dentist to move the jaw to a forward position during sleep. This helps to prevent snoring and obstructive pauses during sleep. It is also called a mandibular repositioning device (MRD)
Furthermore, the Narval CC was also demonstrated to improve sleep apnea symptoms and quality of life.
Sleep apnea is a potentially deadly sleep disorder that is characterized by snoring, pauses in breathing during sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, and other symptoms. Those who have untreated obstructive sleep apnea are at higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, heart complications, and deadly car accidents.
The benefits of the Narval CC dental device is that is very lightweight and less bulky. These features ultimately lead to higher comfort. Higher comfort levels obviously lead to higher compliance and better treatment outcomes.
The Narval CC also articulates between the top piece and bottom piece. This simply means that it moves - which allows for talking and drinking.
Patients who are evaluated for sleep apnea oral appliances often undergo a sleep study, or HST home sleep test. This is necessary for a diagnosis of sleep apnea. Patients often have a second sleep test with oral appliance therapy in place to determine the device's efficacy.
The Narval cc MRD is adjustable in 1 mm increments by up to 15 mm of protrusion. This means that the lower part can be moved forward, per a sleep dentist's recommendation, in order to reduce or eliminate pauses in breathing and snoring.
They are indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, and also for severe sleep apnea in patients who are unable to use CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) "sleep apnea machine".
In studies, eighty percent of users of the Narval sleep apnea device wore it seven nights per week during a 6-week treatment trial. Night time compliance evaluation demonstrated that the device was used for 6.2 nights per week over an 18 month period.
Contraindications to Narval CC and other sleep apnea oral appliance therapy
- Significant periodontal disease
- Significant pulmonary disease
- Under age 18 years old
- Central Sleep Apnea
- Removable dentures
- Short teeth, insufficient undercuts
- Others issues
ResMed is a publicly traded international corporation that provides medical equipment, including sleep apnea oral appliances / mandibular repositioning device (MRD), like the Narval CC, CPAP and BPAP.
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