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Dental Appliances for Sleep Apnea

Dental Appliances for Sleep Apnea

Your overall health can be negatively impacted by sleep apnea. If you have been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, a dental appliance from your Langley dentists may be able to help you get a good night's sleep.

If you have been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, dental appliances are available from your dentist that may help to reduce the symptoms of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.

Dental appliances for sleep apnea are designed to help prevent your airway from becoming obstructed by gently holding your tongue and jaw towards the front of your mouth.  As you get ready for bed each night, just fit your appliances over your teeth and go to bed.  

There are two main types of dental appliances available to help reduce the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea:

  • Fixed dental appliances, which are not adjustable but may offer relief of your sleep apnea symptoms. 
  • Adjustable dental appliances which can be fitted to the size and shape of your mouth. These dental appliances tend to offer a more comfortable fit. 

When it comes to dental appliances, comfort is essential. If your appliance is ill fitting or uncomfortable to wear you may avoid wearing it altogether. It can't work if you don't wear it. Your Langley dentist can fit your dental appliance so that it is comfortable and works properly.

If you have a dental appliance that is painful or uncomfortable to wear, speak to your dentist, they can help. 

As with any kind of dental appliance, it may take some time to get used to wearing your sleep apnea dental appliance. Minor difficulties chewing or jaw discomfort are common in the early days but should clear up quickly. 

If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea contact Willowbrook Dental Clinic to book a consultation with your Langley dentist. You deserve a good night's sleep!

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