Our 3D printing experts have been on the grind with dental company Oventus to help over a million Aussies suffering from sleep apnoea breathe easy and stop snoring—their bed buddies might just thank us too.
The team have created the first 3D printed mouth piece, which allows air to flow through to the back of the throat, avoiding obstructions from the nose, the back of the mouth and tongue. Is there anything 3D printing can’t do?
This is how it works: A patient’s mouth is scanned to create a mini ‘road map’ of the mouth. This scan is then transformed into a CAD file and can be fed through our 3D printer.
Eight hours later, ta-da! A perfectly fitting, titanium mouthguard.
Sounds super comfortable right? It actually is. The device is coated in medical grade plastic, making it easy to wear and leaving not a metal mouth in sight….
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Awesome, as a sleep technologist I get lot’s of complaints from patients that their molded mouth pieces sometimes are “discomforting” to say the least. I haven’t the chance to work with Oventus mouth pieces since they are currently unavailable in Greece where I reside.
Of course tackling obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is a huge deal, oral appliances are one of many therapy options sleep doctors have to tackle with OSAS.