Sleep Apnea Dental Clinic Surrey

Sleep Apnea Dental Clinic

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a medical syndrome that causes the breathing to become very shallow or completely stopped during sleep. It is a common problem that affects millions of adults in North America. It is found that 1 in 5 adults have mild OSA, and 1 in 15 adults have moderate disease! If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, headaches, motor vehicle accidents and increased mortality. Snoring also greatly disturbs the sleep and well-being of bed partners

The good news is that we understand the disease much better now, and treatment of Sleep Apnea has become easier, more readily available, and more effective.

What causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Every cell in our body needs oxygen in order to function, and the only way to get oxygen into our body is through the airways when we take a breath of air into our lungs.

OSA happens when something partially or completely blocks the airway during sleep. This could be due to malfunctioning of the airway muscles to keep the airway open, and/or abnormality in the structures surrounding the airway, making the airway smaller than usual. A smaller airway passage can close partially or completely. This is called hypopneas and apneas, respectively.

When OSA happens, the lung does not receive enough air, resulting in lack of oxygen to the rest of the body and the brain. Eventually, the brain wakes the body up from the sleep to activate the diaphragm and the chest muscles, and breathing usually resumes with a loud gasp, snort, or body jerk. The body and brain then falls back to sleep, and the whole process repeats itself.

The severity of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is quantified by the number of hypopneas and apneas per hour of sleep. Patients with OSA may not realize that their sleep had been interrupted, but they typically will wake up 5-15 times an hour; patients with a severe disease will wake up almost every minute!

The frequent arousal from sleep results in sleep fragmentation and sleep deprivation. This can result in excessive daytime sleepiness, intellectual deterioration, personality changes, and behavioral disorders.

OSA had also been shown to be related to headache and chronic craniofacial pain. It was reported in a recent review article published in Sleep Medicine Reviews that 30-70% of OSA patients suffer from headaches. Although no relationship had been found between OSA and migraine in the general population, migraine in patients with OSA improves when OSA is treated. Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is also found to be associated with OSA (28%).

How is it treated?
There are two therapies most commonly used to treat OSA.

1) Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP): CPAP machine is a device that forces constant and continuous air through the nose or mouth to create an air splint that keeps the upper airway open during sleep.

2) Oral appliances (OA): Oral appliances are also called dental orthotics, tongue retaining devices, mandibular advancement appliances (MAA), mandibular advancement splints (MAS) or mandibular advancement devices (MAD). These are dental splints used to keep the mandible in an advanced position during sleep.

How oral appliance therapy works
The appliance, which must be worn each night to produce the desire effect, helps prevent the airway from collapsing by creating more airway space.

Oral appliances help to improve the patency of the airway through a combination of mechanisms, including: providing a stable and consistent, forward positioning of mandible, advancement of the tongue and possibly a change in the tongue muscle activity.

The use of OA for an OSA patient should be prescribed by the physician who made the OSA diagnosis. An effective OA is custom made for the patient using digital or physical impressions and models of patient’s mouth and teeth. It is not a primarily prefabricated item that is trimmed, bent, relined, or otherwise modified. Therefore, OSA patients who are suitable are referred to a dentist for oral appliance therapy.

Advantages of oral appliance therapy
Oral appliance is an alternative treatment option to patients who cannot tolerate or do not accept CPAP therapy. It is clinically proven to be effective in treating snoring and mild to moderate OSA. Patients find it convenient to wear and easy to travel with as no power supply is necessary. Because it is custom made for each patient, the fit is excellent and comfortable, and it is approximately the size of a mouth guard. Studies show 92% of patients wearing oral appliances reported snoring to be either eliminated or greatly improved.

How We Can Help
The team at PacificWest Dental is equipped to address your sleep apnea and work with you to get a better night’s sleep. Please contact us for more information!

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During your initial consultation, we will understand your situation, perform a visual examination of your bite, recommend a treatment plan and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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We encourage a friendly atmosphere at our Vancouver and Surrey office, and welcome all our patients into the PacificWest Dental family. We understand our patients are trusting us with their smile, and we appreciate that trust. We believe in being transparent with our patients about the process, and we make sure they are comfortable every step of the way. We are happy to offer the latest technology in the industry and multidisciplinary care to treat our patients in the best possible way.

We are pleased to have Dr. Wang, Dr. Lee, Dr. Cheng, and Dr. Chiang overseeing the orthodontic treatment of our patients. Each of our orthodontists is Certified Specialists in Orthodontics. Learn more about our orthodontists here.

The teams at both of our locations provide equal quality care, and we want you to choose the location that is most convenient for you.

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Having crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can affect more than how your smile looks. Severely crowded dentition is more difficult to clean, and may result in higher risk of cavities and gum disease. Other common malocclusion such as crossbite and deepbite can cause uneven wear to the teeth and extra stress to the jaw joint. Check out our Orthodontics page for more information.

An orthodontist is a dentist who has so much passion and love in the art of moving teeth, they spend 2-3 more years in specialty school to learn the knowledge and skill in orthodontics. Additionally, they need to pass the rigorous national board examination (The Royal College of Dentists of Canada, National Dental Specialty Examination) in order to become a certified specialist in Canada. Finally, because a certified orthodontist usually will limit his or her practice to orthodontics only, they have much more experience in diagnosing malocclusion and providing treatments than a family dentist.

Whether a case can be treated by a family dentist depends on the complexity of the malocclusion and the experience and training of the family dentist. Many family dentists have great interest in orthodontics and will take courses to obtain knowledge and experience in providing braces treatment. In fact, the orthodontists at PacificWest Dental have hosted many study clubs to help our family dentist colleagues learn about orthodontics.

You should ask your family dentist what kind of training he or she has in orthodontics, if he or she treated cases like yours before, and does he or she have photos of the case that he has completed to show you. We will be more than happy to provide you with a second opinion if you have any questions about your teeth!

Orthodontic treatment is suitable for people of all ages, whether young or old. Starting from the age of 7, we recommend taking your child to visit us so that we can monitor his or her teeth and jaw growth, and keep an eye out for potential problems. Learn more about our approach here.

Braces work by gently pulling and pushing the teeth to guide them into alignment. The real working horse in this process is the wire. Think of your teeth as a set of trains; braces are the wheels on the train, and the wire is the rail. It is the wire that guides the teeth where to go.

But how does the physical force from the wire actually make teeth move? Teeth are suspended in the bone by a collection of ligaments. When teeth are under pressure, these ligaments are squashed, and they release signals to call for cells (osteoclast) to come to remove the bone surround them (so they could become unsquashed).  After the teeth have moved into new position, another type of cell (osteoblast) will come to build new bones around the teeth to secure it in the new position. And this is how braces work to move your teeth!

At the initial consultation, we want to understand your needs and provide you with treatment options. In order to do this, we will need your medical and dental history, and any questions you may have!

This is the million dollar question! The cost of braces is based on several factors like the complexity of your case, how long treatment will take and which type of appliances you choose (metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign® or lingual braces). And because each patient receives a different treatment plan customized to his or her need, the cost will also be different.

Rest assured that during the consultation with Dr. Wang and Dr. Lee, financial figures will be discussed in depth. At PacificWest Dental Group, we work together with our patients to ensure treatment is affordable and payment options are flexible. We offer interest-free financing and accept cash, cheque, Visa, MasterCard, and debit.

Insurance plan coverage varies greatly, so we recommend asking your provider what your coverage includes. We will provide you the total cost of your treatment before your first appointment so you can determine your cost after your insurance coverage.

We do not direct bill to your insurance provider, but provide you with receipts and invoices so you can successfully process your claims.

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Where To Find Us?

Pacific West Dental’s Surrey clinic is located at 7388 137 St #3, near the Newton neighborhood of Surrey. The clinic is situated just off 72 Avenue and is easily accessible by car or public transit.

If you are taking public transit to the clinic, you can take the 319 bus towards Scott Road Station and get off at 72 Avenue and 138 Street. The clinic is just a short walk east on 72 Avenue from the bus stop.

If you are driving to the clinic, you can take the King George Boulevard exit from Highway 10 and head east on 72 Avenue. Turn left onto 138 Street and then take the first left onto 73 Avenue. Turn left onto 137 Street, and the clinic will be on your left-hand side.

Nearby landmarks to Pacific West Dental’s Surrey location include Newton Athletic Park, Sullivan Heights Secondary School, and the Hazelnut Meadows Community Park.

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Get started todaY by calling us at 604-558-0993 (Vancouver) OR 604-501-0993 (sURREY), or by filling the form below.

During your initial consultation, we will understand your situation, perform a visual examination of your bite, recommend a treatment plan and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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