Can Orthodontic Treatment Help With Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a relatively common yet severe condition in which breathing starts and stops during sleep. This disease is most common in those who struggle with weight, but things like age are also risk factors. Sleep Apnea is also most commonly found in men. If you struggle with insomnia, loud snoring, mood swings, lack of energy during the daytime, or breathing issues, you should seek a professional diagnosis for Sleep Apnea. 

Grafton orthodontic treatment and sleep apnea

Orthodontic treatment is one of the most common ways to treat Sleep Apnea and works exceptionally well, resulting in a significant reduction or complete elimination of symptoms. Orthodontists are trained to help identify sleep-related breathing disorders in patients because of their expertise in facial development and structure. Here are some of the most common ways orthodontists treat those who struggle with Sleep Apnea:

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Machine (CPAP) – This machine is designed to keep breathing airways from closing by forcing air pressure into the airways using a mask and tube.
  • Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) – This device is a custom-made brace that moves the jaw and tongue forward to open up the airways. 
  • Maxillomandibular Advancement (MMA) – This treatment is a surgical procedure usually for patients who severely struggle with Sleep Apnea. The procedure realigns the upper and lower jaw to increase airflow into the airways. 

If you struggle with Sleep Apnea, you can benefit from these orthodontic treatment options! It’s time you get the sleep you deserve. To learn more about treatment options, call 262.377.8950 today!