Mandibular Advancement Devices Treat Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Richard Gawel


After using the Planmeca Emerald intraoral scanner to scan the upper and lower arches, first alone and then in occlusion, dentists can instantly export their scans to Panthera Sleep to create the Panthera D-SAD mandibular advancement device to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

The Panthera D-SAD is made of type 12 polyamide, a resistant biocompatible nylon. It is recommended for patients who cannot tolerate or comply with continuous positive airway pressure treatment. According to the company, it is the smallest device in the industry and the only one printed entirely using CAD/CAM technology. 

Panthera Sleep can manufacture custom devices in 10 working days. With the specifications on file, replacements can be printed when needed. When used with the company’s DentiTrac miniature micro-recorder, the D-SAD uploads data to the cloud from the dental office or from home about how well patients comply with treatment. 

“We are very excited that we can now offer Planmeca Emerald users the possibility to use their scans for the manufacturing of mandibular advancement devices. By cooperating with Panthera Dental, we are able to provide our customers with an even more comprehensive range of solutions than before,” said Ville Salonen, product manager at Planmeca’s Digital Imaging and Applications Division.

“We believe that intraoral scanners simplify the workflow, saving handling and shipping time of the models. Simply attach the open standard STL files to the order, and our engineers will use the imported data to build the custom-made appliance. No compromise will be made on quality or precision, which represents huge benefits for doctors and their patients,” said Gabriel Robichaud, president of Panthera Dental. “Our team is happy to bring this new improvement, which will make our sleep solutions more effective and accessible to all.”

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