Your mental health and wellbeing can become significantly impacted by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If you suffer from this condition, our Surrey dentists may be able to provide a dental appliance to help reduce your sleep apnea symptoms and allow you to sleep better.
For patients with obstructive sleep panea (OSA), custom-fitted dental appliances from the dentist may be able to reduce symptoms of mild to moderate OSA.
A sleep apnea appliance will gently hold your tongue towards the front of your mouth to help prevent your airway from becoming obstructed. Sleep apnea dental appliances are easy to use - just simply fit your appliance over your teeth when heading to bed. Then, relax and slip off to dreamland.
There are two basic styles of sleep apnea devices: off-the-shelf ‘one size fits all’ fixed appliances and custom-fitted appliances available from your dentist.
While fixed dental appliances are not adjustable, they could alleviate some of your sleep apnea symptoms. Compare that to appliances from your dentist, which are custom-fitted to the shape and size of your mouth and may offer more comfort.
When considering dental appliances for sleep apnea, comfort is vital - if your appliance causes discomfort, you may avoid wearing it. And obviously, it won’t work if you don’t wear it.
Our dentists at Clover Hills Dental in Surrey can custom fit your sleep apnea appliance so you’ll be comfortable wearing it and it will work properly. Maybe you are currently using a dental appliance that’s uncomfortable to wear. We can help with that, too. If you speak to your dentist, they may be able to recommend an option that would work better for you.
You will likely require a brief period to adjust to wearing your new appliance regardless of which type you choose. When you first start to use your sleep apnea appliance, you may experience some mild jaw discomfort or minor difficulties chewing, these issues should clear up quickly as you continue to use the appliance.