Sleep Apnea Dental Clinic

Oral appliances have a definite role in managing selected patients with obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Your appliance will be custom-made through the Faculty of Dentistry Division of Orthodontics. The appliance will not cure the apnea or snoring but works non-surgically to gradually realign the jaw or tongue in relation to the head. It intends to prevent apnea or snoring during sleep and must be worn each night to produce the desired effect. Obstructive sleep apnea or snoring symptoms will return when the appliance is discontinued, regardless of how long it is worn. 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 collecting 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. Cooperation in caring for and wearing the appliance as instructed and maintaining the highest oral hygiene standard is essential. The ultimate success of treatment is directly related to the degree of patient cooperation.

The clinic is held only on selected days in the Specialty Clinic located in Room 161 on the ground floor of the JB MacDonald building at 2199 Wesbrook Mall (adjacent to the University Hospital).

Tuan Le, Clinical Research Manager, can be reached at 604‑822‑3750 or for further information and to arrange appointments.

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