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Sleep Apnea Treatment

Today, sleep apnea is a common complaint and common disorder. Patients experience a pause (or many pauses) in breathing while they sleep. These pauses can range from seconds to minutes. In fact, the pauses may repeat dozens of times in an hour. Usually, normal breathing will resume, sometimes with a snorting sound. The main problem with sleep apnea is that sleep is disrupted. As well, when breathing is paused, or becomes shallow, we slip from deep sleep into light sleep.

Simply put, sleep apnea results in poor quality sleep. It makes people quite over-tired during the course of the day, and it’s a primary cause of daytime sleepiness. This is why diagnosis is so important. And although excessive snoring is a prime indicator, not all symptoms are as evident with sleep apnea. For the dentist, common patient complaints can often point to sleep apnea - these would be symptom complaints like daytime lethargy; morning headaches; even dry mouth.

Interestingly, dentists are quite often the first medical professionals to be exposed to sleep apnea issues, mainly because patients see their dentist more often than their family physician. As such, patients with sleep apnea symptoms might well be sent to a Sleep Clinic for further diagnosis. Once assessed, patients can return to the dentist for treatment. At this time, depending on the severity of the condition, an oral appliance can be created that opens the airways while sleeping.

At the Mackenzie Dental Centre servicing Vaughan Maple and Woodbridge, Dr. Lloyd Pedvis provides treatment for sleep apnea, based on the gravity of the condition. Indeed, in the case of a patient with mild sleep apnea, it may be as simple as changing sleeping behaviours; losing some weight; or even smoking cessation. For some, it may appropriate to wear a customized dental appliance while sleeping - something akin to an athletic mouth guard, which repositions the jawbone to improve airflow and breathing. 

Some patients experience Obstructive Sleep Apnea – this is when breathing interruptions occur for longer than 10 seconds during sleep time. Here, oral appliances have proven to be effective in the management of most patients. At the Mackenzie Dental Centre, the appliance is custom-made to reduce the negative effects of sleep apnea (or chronic snoring). Essentially, the oral appliance realigns the jaw during sleep time, and must be worn every night to achieve the desired results.

Oral appliances designed for sleep apnea are a viable option for relief. Needless to say, symptoms may return if the appliance is not used consistently, and as prescribed. What’s most important is a patient’s commitment and cooperation – this includes wearing the appliance as instructed, and maintaining a high standard of ongoing oral hygiene. Indeed, practical experience has shown that treatment success is directly related to each patient’s personal discipline and commitment.

Patients at the Mackenzie Dental Centre will find a healthcare team that is knowledgeable about every procedure and treatment at the clinic. With the Mackenzie team, patients can rest assured that they are in capable hands.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

Thoroughly impressed from top to bottom. Beautiful facility, state of the art equipment, phenomenal dentist Dr. Lloyd Pedvis is indeed!! Beyond knowledgeable and best of all is his calming influence. He has such a down to earth approach, I just find it reassuring and just don't have the anxiety that I've had with past dental work. Just moved into the city and thrilled with our families new dentist and dental clinic!

Josh Katz

Dr. Pedvis and is staff are absolutely wonderful! My family and I are so happy that we have found him. He is absolutely amazing with young children. Both my kids needed work done and he was very gentle and patient. Both of them left his office happy and with great smiles! We are very happy we switched to Dr. Pedvis.

Holly D.

Our Family has gone to Dr. Pedvis for over 25 years in his previous location. You are all so lucky to have him and his team to look after you in Vaughan now. I am a very complicated dental patient due to healthcare issues… I knew I was always safe with Dr. Pedvis!  I will miss your great stories, and trying not to laugh, as you work on my dental issues. Most people do not get to laugh at "The Dentist". Your new office looks awesome! 

Dorothy McMahon

I have been a patient of Dr. Pedvis for 13 yrs now. He is the greatest dentist I've ever had. He's extremely gentle, listens to your concerns and is compassionate. I once emailed the office with a severe toothache when it was closed. Shortly after Dr Pedvis contacted me with my concerns, he called in a prescription for me to get me out of pain. He then took me first thing in the morning and did a root canal. I highly recommend this dental office to anybody looking for a caring dentist. Also the staff is fantastic and they truly care about you as a person.

Kimberly Oppermann

I have seen many dentist prior to Dr. Pedvis, so I believe I have ample reference points to say that Dr. Pedvis is at the top of his field. He keeps up to date with developments in the field, invests in the latest equipment for his office and is able to handle a wide variety of procedures, from simple to complex. He also maintains a equally top level network of professionals to add to his service capabilities if needed.

Christopher Omiecinski

I am pleased to share my experience I had at the office of Dr. Lloyd Pedvis. From the moment I stepped into the office, I was made to feel welcome and comfortable, by the friendly competent staff. I found the office environment very pleasant. Dr. Pedvis is an excellent dentist. He takes the time to explain every procedure, and is attentive that I was comfortable at all times.

Melissa Lombardo

Me and my family have been going to Dr. Pedvis 's dental practice since 1995. He always performs excellent services, and is often available to handle emergencies. First class staff ,as well. Their new location in Vaughan is stunning! Highly recommended.

Cameron A M Muir

Dr Pedvis was so amazing! I can't say enough good things about him. Not only did he get me in quickly for a root canal (replying on a Sunday to my plea for help!) He was so great about addressing my pain, and understanding my irrational fear. His follow up after the root canal was absolutely amazing! I was shocked at his follow through and care for his patients even after the procedure. I would recommend him to anyone in need of dental work.

Nancy B.

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