Orthopedic Appliance Therapy for TMJ and Sleep Apnea Treatment
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Breathing Wellness and Sleep Apnea Solutions in DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia Area
What is an Oral Orthopedic Device?
An Orthopedic device can eliminate or improve problems causing Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) pain, obstructive sleep apnea, orthodontic teeth crowding, and upper airway resistance syndrome.
Orthopedic treatment is a combination of; a TMJ orthotic and different expansion appliances that work in three dimensions to bring the jaw and muscles in correct position to support an open airway.
The jaw orthopedic device balances the bony relationship between the upper and lower jaws, creating more room in the mouth for optimal tongue function and opens the airway for better breathing.
These appliances are more effective than surgery in correcting many TMJ and obstructive sleep apnea problems. Learn more about our breathing wellness and sleep apnea solutions we offer at Dental Excellence Integrative Center.
How Does Oral Orthopedic Device Work?
Orthopedic Appliance works by encouraging bone growth in the mouth and nasal passageways. The treatment results in increasing the size of the upper airway and creating space about the upper and lower jaws.
By increasing the airway size and balancing the jaw structures, nighttime airway obstructions can be cleared, meaning normal sleep and biomechanical function of the jaws and cervical spine.
How Long Do I Have to Wear the Device?
Average treatment times range between 9 – 18 months. After having jaw orthopedic therapy, the problem is corrected, and the appliance usually does not need to be worn anymore. There may be a need for orthodontic phase to match the teeth in the new jaw position or dental restorations if there is too much wear on the back teeth. We may recommend night time retainers after completion of treatment.
Additional Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy
- Reduces migraine headaches
- Improves problems causing facial pain
- Reduces jaw tiredness and fatigue
- Painless non-surgical treatment
- Lessens wear on teeth
- Improves posture
- Decreases snoring
- Improves nose breathing
Sleep Apnea Solutions in Northern Virginia
If you need help with sleep apnea solutions do not hesitate to contact Dental Excellence Integrative Center today.
Our team of dental professionals are available to walk you through all your options to help make your visit a positive and stress-free experience.
Oxygen is essence of life. Sleep apnea deprives your brain of this critical nutrient many times during sleep. Gasping for air is like drawing.
Sleep Apnea and Upper airway Resistance have been linked to many systemic health problems, from high blood pressure to cognitive impairment, chronic inflammation to cardiovascular issues; even, according to research, some cancers.
CPAP is still often pointed as the best apnea treatment; new research suggests it doesn’t necessarily reduce the risk of other systemic health problems.
Fortunately, there are other ways of keeping the airway open besides forcing air through as CPAP does. We understand many patients cannot tolerate the CPAP, so they end up doing nothing against being repeatedly oxygen-deprived during sleep.
The goal of any apnea treatment is to keep the airway from becoming blocked. In some cases, excess tissue, the tongue, or lower jaw fall back during relaxation, partly blocking the airway. In other cases, the airway itself may be underdeveloped.
Here’s where dental treatment can be of help. Oral appliances can be used to gently hold the lower jaw in a more forward position, keeping it from falling back and blocking the airway.