The symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can negatively impact many aspects of both your mental and physical wellbeing. If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea a dental appliance from our Surrey and Delta dentists may help you to reduce your symptoms and wake feeling better.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, dental appliances are available from your dentist that may be able to reduce your symptoms of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea appliances gently hold your tongue and jaw towards the front of your mouth to help prevent your airway from becoming blocked. These appliances are easy to use. All you need to do is simply fit your appliance over your teeth when you are going to bed, then go to sleep.
There are two basic types of dental appliances designed to help sleep apnea sufferers: fixed dental appliances, (not adjustable but may help to reduce sleep apnea symptoms) and adjustable appliances that your dentist fits to the size and shape of your mouth.
When it comes to dental appliances, comfort is essential. If your appliance isn't comfortable, you may avoid wearing it altogether, and it can't work if you don't wear it. Many patients find that custom-fitted dental appliances are more comfortable to wear because they are adjusted to fit the shape and size of your mouth.
At Scott 72 Dental Centre in Surrey our dentists can fit your sleep apnea appliance so that it is comfortable to wear and works properly. If you currently use a dental appliance that is uncomfortable to wear, speak to your dentist, they may be able to recommend a more comfortable solution.
That said, it's important to keep in mind that any kind of dental appliance takes time to get used to. When you first begin using your sleep apnea appliance you may experience some minor difficulties chewing, or mild jaw discomfort however, these issues should clear up quickly with continued use of the appliance.