You may have moved beyond the bulky, CPAP machine to relieve sleep apnea symptoms. While an effective approach to this troublesome condition, CPAP therapy requires wearing a mask that is hooked to a machine, which helps regulate breathing during sleep by delivering continuous airway pressure. It takes a long time for many patients to get used to this machine, and some never do.
Customized dental appliances are often mentioned as an alternative to CPAP. These "snore guards," as they are sometimes called, reposition the lower jaw. Since overly lax muscles at the back of the throat are often at the root of sleep apnea
, the idea is to expand the space between the nose and mouth, so the airway remains open and doesn't become partially or completely blocked.
Not all dental appliances are created equal. Dr. Smida
's practice is built around the knowledge that the mouth is inextricably linked to the overall health of the body. When she introduces a technique or technology, rest assured that it is scientifically designed to treat the cause of a condition or disease. You leave the office healthier than when you arrived.
The makers of the DNA Appliance™ System take this principle to heart; they note how traditional oral appliances designed to improve snoring and the effects of sleep apnea merely adjust the jaw to manage the problem. They don't treat the problem. Since the condition doesn't subside, you may also wear traditional guards for life.
What makes DNA Appliance® different
This Daytime-Nighttime Appliance™ system is based on the science of pneumopedics®, which refers to the non-surgical remodeling of the airway that becomes blocked when you sleep. The appliance is FDA-cleared to affect fundamental changes to the upper airway in those with mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea.
While worn similarly to other guards or orthodontic appliances like retainers, DNA Appliance® actually stimulates the body to increase the size of the upper jaw and the volume of the nasal airway. This can occur to such a degree that some patients' issues may be eliminated completely.
Made from patented components that may require periodic assessment and adjustment by Dr. Smida, these appliances are built upon findings that show how optimizing the relationship among the jaws, teeth, temporomandibular joint, face, and airway results in optimal function to enhance the health of all of these inter-working parts.
Since this approach stimulates natural, fundamental changes to improve or prevent issues such as sleep-disordered breathing, you are not sentenced to a lifetime of wear as might be the case with traditional appliances that merely reposition the jaws. This system is painless, it doesn't require invasive surgery, drugs, or injections.
To find out more about this modern approach to traditional therapies for conditions such as sleep apnea, schedule
an appointment at Dental Care and Wellness of Sonoma County
. Dr. Smida can also walk you through any needs should she determine the DNA Appliance® is a good fit for you.