Treatment for sleep apnea is essential because this common but serious condition can lead to a number of negative health effects. Here's more from our Surrey dentist on how dental appliances can help treat your sleep apnea.
If you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), your dentist may suggest trying a dental appliance to help reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea.
These dental appliances fit comfortably over your teeth and help to prevent your airway from being blocked. They do this by holding your tongue and jaw towards the front of your mouth.
To help reduce your sleep apnea symptoms you wear these dental appliances when you go to bed at night.
There are two types of dental appliances used to treat obstructive sleep apnea; fixed dental appliances, which are not adjustable, and adjustable dental appliances. Adjustable sleep apnea appliances can be properly fitted, by your dentist, to the size and shape of your mouth.
There are a number of dental appliances available to help treat sleep apnea. Speak to your dentist to learn which model is right for your needs.
It's very important that your dental appliance is comfortable. Your dentist will fit your dental appliance so that it is comfortable and works properly when you put it in at night. You will need to wear your appliance every night. It won't work if you aren't wearing it. So be sure to speak to your dentist if your appliance is painful to wear or uncomfortable.
Keep in mind that as you're adjusting to wearing your new dental appliance, you may experience some difficulties chewing or minor jaw pain. Try to be patient. It won't take long to adjust to wearing your dental appliance and these issue should disappear.