Orthopedic Appliance for TMJ and Sleep Apnea treatment
What Is an Oral Orthopedic Device?
An Orthopedic device can completely 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 night guard, palatal expander, and retainer.
The jaw orthopedic device balances the bite connection between the upper and lower jaws, creating more room in the mouth for optimal tongue function and opens the airway for better breathing. This appliance is more effective than surgery in correcting many TMJ and obstructive sleep apnea problems.
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 upper airway size and balancing the jaw structures, night time 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.
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