Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can negatively impact many aspects of both your mental and physical wellbeing. If you suffer from OSA a dental appliance from our Surrey dentists may help reduce your sleep apnea symptoms and allow you to sleep better and wake alert.
Sleep apnea appliances gently hold your tongue and jaw towards the front of your mouth to help prevent your airway from becoming obstructed. Sleep apnea dental 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 relax and go to sleep.
These devices come in two basic styles, off the shelf 'one size fits all' fixed appliances and custom-fitted appliances available from your dentist.
Fixed dental appliances are not adjustable but could offer some relief from your sleep apnea symptoms, whereas appliances from your dentist are fitted to the size and shape of your mouth may offer more comfort. When it comes to dental appliances for sleep apnea, 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.
At Cloverdale Crossing Dental Group in Surrey our dentists can fit your sleep apnea appliance so that it is comfortable to wear and works properly. If you are currently using a dental appliance that is uncomfortable to wear, speak to your dentist, they may be able to recommend a more comfortable option.
Regardless of which type you choose, there will be a brief adjustment period, as you get used to wearing your appliance. 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.