If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea there are a number of dental appliances available which could help you to get a good night's rest. Here's more from our Summerland dentist on dental appliances to help reduce sleep apnea symptoms.
To help reduce the symptoms of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) your dentist may be able to recommend a dental appliance.
Dental appliances for sleep apnea help to prevent your airway from becoming blocked while you sleep. These appliances fit comfortably over your teeth and hold your tongue and jaw towards the front of your mouth.
In order to help reduce your sleep apnea symptoms you need to wear these dental appliances whenever you are going to sleep.
To treat obstructive sleep apnea, two main types of dental appliances are available;
- Fixed dental appliances, which are not adjustable.
- Adjustable appliances which your dentist can size to fit the shape and size of your mouth.
Adjustable Appliances for Sleep Apnea
In order for your appliance to be effective it's important that it is comfortable to wear. Your dentist will fit your sleep apnea appliance so that it's comfortable and works properly when you put it in at night.
Your appliance can't work if you aren't wearing it, so be sure to speak to your dentist if your appliance is uncomfortable or painful to wear.
Note that when you first get your dental appliance you may experience some minor jaw pain or difficulties chewing. Adjusting to wearing your dental appliance shouldn't take long, and these issue should disappear fairly quickly. Try to be patient.
To find out more about how these devices work and to learn which model is right for you, make an appointment to speak to your dentist.