Sleep Apnea Treatment From Your Dentist In Abbotsford
A condition that causes you to stop breathing while you sleep, there are three different types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed. And while each variation negatively impacts a patient's ability to get the restful sleep they need, thankfully, dental treatment can often help.
What are the differences between each type of sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common variation and is caused by obstruction of the airway.
Central sleep apnea is caused by problems with the brain's ability to control breathing.
Mixed sleep apnea is a combination of the two.
How can dental treatment help alleviate sleep apnea symptoms?
Dental devices are an effective way to treat mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. There are two different types of dental devices: mandibular advancement splints (MAS) and tongue-retaining devices (TRD). Both work by holding the lower jaw slightly forward, which in turn prevents the soft tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing and blocking the airway.
For patients experiencing central and mixed sleep apnea, treatments like CPAP may be recommended.
How are these dental devices made?
Custom-made by dental professionals to ensure a comfortable and precise fit, the process begins with an oral examination and consultation, followed by dental impressions or digital scans of your teeth. These impressions or scans are then used to create a three-dimensional model of your teeth, which the dental professional uses to create your personalized device.
If you think you might have sleep apnea, call us today for a thorough consultation. We'd be happy to help you get the restful sleep you need!
Contact Lifetime Dental At Sevenoaks About Sleep Apnea Treatment Today
- Improve your sleep
- Experience a simple and non-invasive treatment
- Benefit from an oral device that opens your airway while you sleep
- Enjoy a customized, comfortable fit