Oral appliances have a definite role in the management of selected patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and/or snoring. Your appliance will be custom made through the Division of Orthodontics in the Faculty of Dentistry. The appliance will not cure the apnea and/or snoring but works non-surgically to gradually realign the jaw and/or tongue in relation to the head. Its intention is to prevent the apnea and/or snoring from occurring during sleep and it must be worn each night to produce the desired effect. Regardless of how long it is worn, the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea and/or snoring will return when the appliance is discontinued. There are no guarantees that an appliance will be successful in every patient due to physiologic and anatomic variations and patient tolerance of the appliance. After the collection of diagnostic records and receiving the appliance, patients may be asked to undergo an overnight sleep study at home or in the hospital to determine the effect of the appliance. Co-operation in caring for and in wearing of the appliance as instructed, and in maintaining the highest standard of oral hygiene, is absolutely essential. In fact, the ultimate success of treatment is directly related to the degree of patient co-operation.
The clinic is held only on selected days in the Specialty Clinic located in Room 161 on the Ground Floor of the Faculty of Dentistry, J B MacDonald building, 2199 Wesbrook Mall adjacent to the University Hospital. Sandy Harrison, Clinical Trials Co-ordinator, can be reached at 604-822-5775 for further information and to arrange appointments.
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