The innovative cast framework of the Luco Hybrid OSA Appliance is patented and unique. It provides a very strong and durable substructure that provides many years of use. Most OSA appliances must be replaced every 3 or 4 years. With the Luco Hybrid OSA Appliance, we have appliances exceeding 10 years and still functioning perfectly. As long as the patient doesn’t loose a significant number of teeth, the framework could last a lifetime. The acrylic pads, wings etc can be inexpensively replaced every 7 to 8 years as needed, re-using the cast framework (all work of this nature should be performed by a lab certified to make this appliance). Each framework is custom made for each patient; no part is pre-formed. This is truly a custom made OSA appliance.
In the pads, the wings and the upper adjustment blocks, the cast framework is extended as a mesh into these regions to provide considerable strength. This mesh is cast with the main framework as one unit to provide considerable strength. The cast framework does not contact the palate, but is separated by about a 0.5mm gap. The framework is extremely strong and also light weight The cast framework and the unique design are both patented.
The Luco Hybrid OSA Appliance is effective, comfortable to wear, and extremely durable. It has a compliance rate for daily wear of over 90% over 5 years!