At Saba Road Dental Center, we understand how sleep apnea can negatively impact your health. If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) a dental appliance from our Richmond dentists may be able to help reduce your sleep apnea symptoms and allow you to get a better night's sleep. Here's how they work...
If you have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, dental appliances are available from your dentist that may be able to reduce your symptoms.
How do dental appliance for sleep apnea work?
Dental appliances for treating sleep apnea gently hold your tongue and jaw forwards towards the front of your mouth, preventing your airway from becoming blocked. Sleep apnea dental appliances are very easy to use, you simply fit your appliance over your teeth as you are going to bed each night, then go to sleep. These dental appliances come in two styles, adjustable appliances which your dentist can fit to the size and shape of your mouth, and fixed dental appliances which are more of a one size fits all solution.
Are dental appliances comfortable when I'm trying to sleep?
If you're looking for a better sleep each night, comfort is going to be essential! Many of our patients find that custom-fitted dental appliances are more comfortable to wear because they are adjusted to fit the shape and size of their unique mouth. Our Richmond BC dentists can fit your sleep apnea appliance so that it is comfortable to wear and works properly. If you have a dental appliance that you find uncomfortable, contact your dentist, they may be able to recommend a style that is more comfortable and works for you.
How long will it take for me to get used to my dental appliance?
It's important to keep in mind that any kind of dental appliance is going to take some time to get used to. When you first start to use your new sleep apnea appliance you may experience some minor discomfort while chewing, or mild jaw pain for awhile, but these issues should clear up quickly once you get used to wearing your sleep apnea dental appliance.