Normal breathing is through your nose. It is silent and effortless. Breathing like this enables our bodies to enter normal-deep and restorative sleep. Allowing us to wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day. Sleep apnea and snoring is a result of abnormal breathing patterns which are both unhealthy and bothersome.
Normal breathing is vital for living a vibrant happy life. Unfortunately, millions around the world simply can’t breathe normally – especially at night.
Many common illnesses and diseases can be linked to abnormal or interrupted breathing during sleep. If you or someone you love suffers from any of these conditions, come visit Flower Dental to learn more about the Vivos System.
AN ESTIMATED 1 OUT OF 5 PEOPLE SUFFER FROM SLEEP APNEA AND THAT UP TO 80% OR MORE OF SLEEP APNEA CASES ARE UNDIAGNOSED AND UNTREATED.
Noticeable Warning Signs
- Chronic Snoring
- Daytime Drowsiness
- Gasping Episodes
- Fatigue upon Waking
- Loud & Persistent Gasping During Sleep
Not so Noticeable Warning Signs
- Chronic Pain
- Mood Swings
- Depression & Anxiety
Benefits of the DNA Appliance
The DNA appliance is a different approach to treating sleep apnea. While most oral appliances focus just on holding your jaw in the proper position to keep the airway open, the DNA appliance takes this one step further: the goal is to reshape the jaw so your airway is naturally more open. Hopefully, then, you won’t need to use an oral appliance in the future.
This holistic approach to treating sleep apnea offers many benefits over other treatments, including:
- The process is completely Non-Surgical
- Improvement of smile appearance and facial appearance
- Resolution of migraine and other TMJ symptoms
- Postural Improvements, as well as better nasal breathing
- Improved Sleep, Metabolism, Athletic Performance
- Reduced or Resolution of Snoring
- Increased Energy and even a decreased in anxiety
How does the DNA Appliance work?
The DNA appliance works by expanding the arches of the upper and/or lower jaw. After an initial assessment, you’ll be given a custom-crafted oral appliance that fits over your teeth. You may receive an appliance for your upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. Sometimes you will start with one appliance, and receive a second appliance later.
You’ll wear this appliance for much of the day, perhaps 16-24 hours, depending on the current state of your jaw and your treatment goals. You’ll take it out for eating and cleaning your teeth.
The appliance has midline screws that allow it to be expanded. You’ll turn these as directed to gradually apply outward force on your arch. In response, your body will grow additional bone and allow your arch to change shape. When treatment is complete, which takes up to a year, you’ll have a significantly expanded jaw.
This expanded jaw will give you more room for teeth, so it’ll eliminate crowding. It will also make your smile better fill the space in your mouth, eliminating large, dark buccal corridors. And you’ll notice that your face is less sharp and narrow. This may have the effect of helping you look younger, healthier, and more attractive.
Most conditions will be cured or dramatically improved. Sounds too good to be true? There are two reasons why this treatment is better know and more widely used:
1. Lack of education – Most dentists are not educated about sleep and TMJ problems. For that matter most physicians are not educated about this.
2. DNA therapy is complex – For that reason there are very few providers. Oddly, the treatment has lots of proven research and is FDA cleared for correction of sleep apnea.
What Types of Appliances are Available?
Standard Acrylic DNA Appliance
This variant is outfitted with posterior occlusal coverage, ball end clasps, a labial bow/lip bumper and a mid-line jack screw. A similar design is utilized for the lower standard acrylic-based DNA appliance. except that occlussal coverage is typically notnecessary in the process.
Wire frame Acrylic DNA Appliance
Preferred when a bulky appliance is not indicated. This variant is outfitted with two mid-line omega loops, posterior occlusal rests, retentive C-claps, and a wrap around labial bow. A similar design is utilized for the lower appliance except the additional omega loop may not be needed.
Hybrid DNA Appliance
This variant is outfitted with an anterior bite plane, a midline anterior omega loop, posterior occlusal pads, retenticve C-clasps, a wrap around labial bow and a posterior omega loop.
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