Sleep apnea is a serious sleeping condition that affects millions of people every year. While dentists can use many different surgical options to treat the disorder, these are not without some risks. However, there are also non-invasive options available from dentists like ours here at Vega Dental in Burnaby, BC!
We aim to provide wearable dental appliances that can alleviate the symptoms of some forms of sleep apnea so that patients can get a good night’s sleep and remain healthy. Our dentists can identify what options will work for you and help to provide you with the appropriate solution for your unique situation.
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder in which the person stops breathing in their sleep and will often wake up gasping for air. This condition can lead to severe health complications, including extreme fatigue and inability to go about their daily lives due to lack of sleep. In the worst cases, sleep apnea can be life-threatening.
There are essentially three types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and complex sleep apnea. Of the three types, obstructive sleep apnea is the most common and occurs when the muscles in the throat that allow for breathing become too relaxed, essentially cutting off the air supply to the patient until they wake up gasping for air. Central sleep apnea refers to a type of sleep apnea wherein the signals in the brain that regulate breathing do not function properly. Complex sleep apnea is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apneas. It is the most dangerous as it is much more difficult to treat effectively because both causes of the disorder have to be treated.
Sleep apnea dental appliances are devices that dentists prescribe to relieve the disorder’s symptoms so that patients can rest peacefully. These can include breathing devices and oral appliances that adjust the position of the throat so that air flows freely.
Vega Dental in Burnaby, BC, is proud to offer these options to our patients.