For some patients the key to better health includes improving airway function. A team approach is recommended, one that utilizes the skill set of a myofunctional therapist, osteopathic physician, ENT, and/or speech therapist.
Better airway efficiency brings patients into a more relaxed physical tendency (enhances parasympathetic nervous system), which allows people to suffer from less life stress and promotes a feeling of well-being.
ALF / Oral DNA / Sleep Appliances / Mouthguards
A wide variety of oral appliances which can enable:
- deeper sleep
- better tooth eruption patterns
- easier swallowing
- a wider airway for breathing
Below are some descriptions of the many offerings available for patients. The individual’s presentation and needs dictate the appropriate solution.
The ALF is a device that combines orthodontic and orthopedic principles to improve health, beauty, and function. The goal of traditional orthodontics is to improve the appearance and function of the teeth and smile. The goal of dental, facial and cranial orthopedics is to create an attractive and functional environment for the teeth and smile as well as the bones and for tissues of the face and head that surround the smile.
ALF Appliances allow for improvement of form and function for the mouth and smile. This results in the opportunity to truly improve health and beauty from the inside out.
ORAL DNA/ mRNA Appliance
The DNA Appliance® is a system that harnesses the body’s natural ability for self-correction through development mechanisms encoded in the human genome. This biomimetic approach allows the DNA Appliance® to potentially treat a wide range of craniofacial disorders. It is a perfect approach for patients concerned about the side effects of more invasive or painful alternatives and those who struggle with sleep apnea.
The DNA Appliance® is the only tool that shows 3D volumetric changes of growth in the face and airway. The mRNA Appliance has the added benefit of being an FDA-approved appliance for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.
There are different styles of DNA Appliances. In order to determine which would be best suited for the elimination of the symptoms you present, we require a comprehensive examination. These diagnostics and records enable us to maximize the benefits of therapy so as to accomplish long-term results. All this without surgery!
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Sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, have become a significant health issue in the United States. It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80 percent of the cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed.
Now patients can work with a dentist and get screened using the Watch PAT 200 take-home sleep device. The data collected is shared with providers like the Fusion Sleep Clinic to devise the most appropriate sleep/help oral device.
Take-Home Sleep Device, the Watch PAT 200 for assessment
Most of the sleep appliances for sleep apnea use lower jaw advancement to maintain an open airway during sleep.
Various types of Bite/Nightguards
A basic custom-fitted full-arch nightguard for bruxism
NTI: helpful for migraine headaches and for an instant custom guard
Snoreguard: great for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea and for snoring correction