Sleep apnea is a condition which causes difficulties in breathing during sleep. The patient’s airways are blocked or obstructed, which causes breathing to become shallow, and actually prevents breathing for short periods of time. This can be detrimental to ones health if not properly treated.
A Holistic Approach to Sleep Apnea Treatment
Most orthodontists don’t treat sleep apnea. I prefer to take a holistic approach in my practice, treating each patient as a whole person, and not just a set of teeth. Orthodontics to me is an opportunity to improve the quality and health of a persons’ whole lifestyle, not just their smiles. Although happy smiles are always a result of our work!
Using this integrative approach, we treat sleep apnea in a number of patients of all ages. Orthodontics can be beneficial to the treatment of sleep apnea, and we can treat yours without the use of surgery or cumbersome CPAP machines.
Health Problems Caused by Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is famous for causing snoring-not a great claim to fame! Snoring can wreak havoc in a relationship, and sometimes a whole household! It’s not fun for the people sharing a bed or room with the snorer, and it causes stress and anxiety for the snorer, knowing they’re disrupting their partners sleep.
Sleep apnea causes a lot more harm than just snoring however, and that’s why it’s so important to treat it.
Long term sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure. High blood pressure can go on to raise your risk for heart attacks and strokes.
If your sleep apnea is caused by uneven teeth and other orthodontic factors, evening out your teeth can solve other potential health risks. When your teeth aren’t straight, your gums are more susceptible to damage and bacteria. The bacteria that enters your bloodstream through your gums can cause long term and serious problems for your overall health, such as heart disease and diabetes.
This is why I treat each patient as a whole person, and not just their teeth. Everything in your body is connected in one way or another, and it’s important to treat each issue as a piece of the whole picture. I am constantly furthering my education on this issue and others, and I provide the best technology for these cases.
Using Orthodontics to Open the Airway
Sleep apnea is caused by a blockage in the airway. The blockages can be caused by a number of factors, and we have solutions for them.
As we age, our teeth start to collapse towards our tongues, and this decreases the amount of space in your mouth in order for air to pass through. Through the use of orthodontics we can move your teeth in order to reclaim that space in your mouth meant for airflow.
We can also create oral appliances to be worn during sleep, meant to flatten out your tongue, another common cause of obstructed breathing.
Both of these treatments offer a non-surgical and trauma free solution to sleep apnea. Avoiding surgery is a concept I take very seriously in all areas of my practice. One shouldn’t have to suffer the unnecessary trauma and stress of surgery in sleep apnea cases.
Our office is a thought leader and pioneer in treating sleep apnea without the use of surgery. We have several testimonials available, and would love to help you or your loved one to find a solution to their sleep apnea problems. We offer free consultations to our first time patients, and we look forward to helping you find a better night’s sleep, and a healthier happier you!