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Important Patient Information

AerLinx MRTMD 
Welcome Information

Please read carefully

Congratulations on the purchase of your new AerLinx. Your dentist has determined that this is the most appropriate therapy for you. The sleep physician has recommended this as one of the options after you have had a sleep test assessment.

The AerLinx is a 3D laser-sintered appliance that has been custom-designed and made for your mouth. The device is both durable and strong.

The AerLinx will position your lower jaw forward to make more room in your mouth for your tongue at night. This action and position for the tongue is supported by the Snore Attack Shield, which you should have received in the package sent to your dentist.

Your new AerLinx MRTMD pack contains:

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Snore Attack Shield

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Upper and lower custom tray

(includes 1 pair of fins)

AerLinx Chain

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Cleaning bath

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Aer Clean powder

(sample pack)

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Glossary 

OSA: Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

MAS: Mandibular Advancement Splint

Bite: The way your teeth meet when your jaws are in a position normal to you.

MRTMD: Mandibular Repositoning Temporomandibular Device

OVD: Occlusal Vertical Dimension

 

FAQ

Is this device comfortable and easy to use?

This device was created to improve on the EMA type of device. We tested the EMA, when made of nylon and found that while it's an improvement over the silensor device, it still has limitations. The straps are expensive, they stretch and need frequent replacement, and they don't offer the freedom of movement one would expect from such a device.
In contrast, the AerLinx device is ready to use, and it comes with a roll of AerLinx chain. Adjusting it is easy. If you need further adjustment, simply reduce the number of loops from the starting point; each loop allows for 1mm of adjustment. The default setting is five layers for a firm hold, but you can decrease to four layers for more movement. The customization options are nearly endless to ensure user comfort.

What is so different with the AerLinx? 

        Those of us trained properly in the physiology of the TMJ know that advancment in the MAS            is restricted by the OVD of the MAS. The vertical dimension of this device can be very low.              This then allows for more advancement and may help patients who need it. If the user                      requires more or less TMJ  support, we can incorporate this feature. The pivotal point is                    easily adjustable, allowing for joint support and easy vertical reduction within the device. As              previously stated, the benefit of the Aer Linx chain is that the user is not limited to fixed length          straps.

Can I use other cleaning products that I prefer instead of the Aer Clean product?

We recommend Aer Clean because it has proven to be the best cleaner for nylon appliances.  Aer Healthcare has spent many hours researching and testing the best compound to safely and effectively clean the AerLinx. Aer Healthcare has simple instructions to follow to keep your appliance clean. If you choose to use another cleaner, or you do not clean this device every day as recommended, Aer Healthcare can not support any warranty claim for unclean and damaged devices due to an improper cleaning process. Click here if you want to buy Aer Clean powder.

Will this device damage my teeth and bite?

Your dental professional will assess the apparent health of your teeth and you will be instructed on the correct use of this device. Any damage to teeth will not be due to the use of this product. The material can not damage the teeth; so as long as the teeth are sound nothing should happen. The device's freedom of movement allows for a parafunction that cannot be stopped and then a return to the therapeutic position after the user stops this parafunction. The device also allows for recapturing the disc without locking the patient into an uncomfortable position.

I have some missing teeth. Will this affect the AerLinx?

Your dentist should have determined that you have enough natural teeth, in a good and healthy state in the upper and lower arches. Implant fixtures in the upper and lower arches can be used to secure the device in the absence of a sufficient number of teeth.

I am about to have some dental work done. Will this affect the fit of my AerLinx?

Seek advice from your dental professional. If the dental work is substantial, the top or bottom tray may need to be remade, and a fee for this will apply. This kind of non-fitting event is not covered by warranty.

My jaw feels sore. What should I do?

In the event of muscle or jaw pain, discontinue the use of the device immediately and contact your dental professional.

There is blood in my device when I take it out of my mouth in the morning, What should I do?

Blood in your AerLinx may be an indication that your teeth and gums need a professional cleaning. Please talk to your dentist about strategies on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Do not allow the blood to dry on the device, rinse it well and soak the device in Aer Clean solution as directed.

My AerLinx is damaged. What should I do?

Discontinue use immediately and consult your dental professional

When I use the Snore Attack Shield, I can not breathe out of my mouth. What should I do?

You may experience obstruction of oral breathing with any oral appliance in the mouth. The Snore Attack Shield, combined with the AerLinx, ''retrains'' your breathing so that you breathe exclusively through your nose. Ensure that you can breathe through your nose BEFORE using this device.

My nose feels ''too small'' when I use the Snore Attack Shield and I feel like I can not breathe well even though my nose is clear. What should I do?

Sometimes your nose can collapse at the front when you breathe through at night. Nasal cones or strips can help with this issue. Click here if you want to buy nasal cones.

WARNINGS

Read all the instructions before using your AerLinx

  • The AerLinx is intended to reduce or alleviate nighttime snoring and OSA. If symptoms, breathing difficulties, or other respiratory disorders exist or persist, with or without the device, contact your dental professional immediately.

  • The AerLinx should only be used as directed. Do NOT misuse the product, only wear this device while sleeping.

  • The AerLinx should only be provided by a dentist and only be fitted by a dental professional who is working with that dentist and has the scope to fit such an appliance under the supervision and guidance of the dentist.

  • Do not store or transport your AerLinx outside the temperature range between      -20 degrees and 50 degrees Celsius.

  • Discontinue use if experiencing discomfort and consult your dental professional.

  • Do NOT use the AerLinx if you cannot remove the device yourself.

  • Do NOT use the AerLinx if the device becomes damaged or ill-fitting, and consult your dental professional.

  • Do NOT use the AerLinx if you are experiencing vomiting or feeling nauseous.

  • Do NOT store your AerLinx in direct sunlight

  • The operating temperature range of the AerLinx is 5 degrees to 40 degrees Celsius.

  • If you think that you may be having an allergic reaction to the device, stop using it immediately and consult your dental professional who may direct you to consult a medical doctor.

Possible Side Effects

 

There are possible side effects associated with the use of the AerLinx. These side effects are not common. If you experience any of the following, consult your dental professional immediately.

  • Slight tooth or gingival discomfort due to pressure of the appliance, and soreness in the temporomandibular joint.

  • Excessive salivation (this will improve as you become accustomed to wearing the AerLinx).

  • Slight jaw soreness or tightness, initially, and with adjustment.

  • Temporary bite change.

  • An issue with obstruction to oral breathing

  • Unconsciously taking the AerLinx out of your mouth at night

  • Pain in the jaw joint

  • Permanent bite change.

Contraindications

 

This device is contraindicated for patients who:

  • Have central sleep apnoea.

  • Have severe respiratory disorders.

  • Have loose teeth or advanced periodontal disease.

  • Are under 18 years of age.

 

Dentists should consider the medical history of the patient, including but not limited to a history of asthma, breathing or respiratory disorders, or any other relevant health problems, and refer the patient to the appropriate medical healthcare provider before recommending this device.

This device is only to be prescribed by a medical sleep professional.

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