Discover orthodontic solutions which can improve your health and your sleep.
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleeping disorder which can affect adults and children alike. While a sleeping expert can diagnose it, it is an orthodontic team who assist in treatment plans to improve breathing, positioning, and growth trajectory.
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder where breathing will repeatedly stop and start again during sleep; it affects adults and children alike. The root cause of this airway disorder can be impacted by nasal obstruction as well as jaw impediment. When left untreated, it can raise health risks including high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and increased risk of death.
As children physically develop, factors like allergies, asthma, deviated septum and tethered tongues can create mouth-breathing issues. Chronic mouth breathing can lead to poor sleep quality, negative impact to neurocognitive development and even affect how the upper and lower jaws grow. When adults develop sleep apnea, symptoms can include headaches, excessive daytime fatigue and even potential memory loss.
Sleep apnea is diagnosed when a doctor who is also a sleep specialist conducts a sleep evaluation. A sleep evaluation is done at either a sleep center or in the patient's home, where a patient is monitored throughout the night and data is recorded. The data from this evaluation will both confirm the diagnosis and determine the severity of diagnosis for an orthodontic team to treat.
If caught earlier in life, orthodontic treatments can drastically improve the growth trajectory and prevent the need for surgical correction later in life. Orthodontic solutions for sleep apnea include treatments which improve nasal breathing as well as targeting tongue positioning with dental and skeletal expansion plans.
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