Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliance therapy can resolve issues with the airways to end sleep apnea.

Before treatment with oral appliance therapy, this patient has a very narrow palate.

The Sacramento Dentistry Group uses the DNA appliance® system for many patients suffering from sleep apnea. As reported in The Journal of Craniomandibular & Sleep Practice, DNA appliances® can successfully resolve sleep apnea symptoms. DNA appliances® represent a new therapy that combines the comfort of a mouthguard with the mechanics of orthodontic treatment. While older oral appliances for sleep apnea have been associated with TMJ disorders, the DNA appliance® is designed to avoid this complication.

How the DNA Appliance® Works

After taking impressions of your teeth, a thorough set of dental x-rays and pictures of your mouth, a specialized dental lab combines these images to construct your personal oral appliance. The appliance features a series of springs and clasps, anchored in a comfortable acrylic mold, that fits perfectly to your teeth. The gentle pressure exerted by the mechanism gradually opens your airway to prevent the blockages characteristic of sleep apnea. Generally worn only later in the day and/or at night, the appliance painlessly accomplishes what other doctors only attempt with oral surgery.

Sleep apnea can be resolved by the Sacramento Dentistry Group with the DNA appliance system.

After oral appliance therapy, this patient has a wider palate with improved nighttime airflow.

How Can I Start Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea?

To use the DNA appliance® system for sleep apnea, a consultation with one of our Sacramento dentists is necessary. We must first determine if you suffer from sleep apnea, the nature of your sleep disorder, and its likely cause. If a consultation, examination and sleep testing determine that oral appliance therapy is right for you, the Sacramento Dentistry Group will fit you for the appropriate DNA appliance®. Call our office at (916) 538-6900, contact us through our website or visit us at 1105 E Street in downtown Sacramento for a free sleep apnea consultation.
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