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Use of Orthodontics in Treatment of Sleep Apnea

Use of Orthodontics in Treatment of Sleep ApneaSleep apnea affects a substantial minority of American adults. Many factors can increase the risk, but a high palate, retruded jaw and narrow arches can all lead to sleep apnea. If you have jaw problems and sleep apnea, you may benefit from orthodontic treatments.

Many people consider orthodontics as a way to straighten teeth. However, orthodontic treatment corrects skeletal abnormalities and improves the bite as well. Early orthodontics can be used in children to guide the growth of the jaw. This may be especially helpful in children with narrow palates, retruded jaws and narrow arches. An orthodontist who addresses these conditions while the jaw is still growing can reduce the need for later treatment and may also reduce the child’s risk of later developing sleep apnea. This is known as early-phase orthodontics.

Orthodontics can also be used in adult patients with sleep apnea or who are at risk of developing sleep apnea due to structural abnormalities. Orthognathic or jaw surgery, fixed appliances and other treatments are considered phase 2 orthodontic treatments and may be used in conjunction with conventional braces. Correcting the abnormalities even after growth has ended can help you breathe more easily while you sleep and reduce the risks associated with untreated sleep apnea.

Other treatments such as oral appliances may also be beneficial for addressing sleep apnea. Call us to learn more about how orthodontics can help address sleep apnea’s underlying causes or to schedule an appointment with our expert in sleep apnea in Thousand Oaks.

 

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