Are you groggy throughout the day, no matter how early you go to bed? Does your child “act out” or misbehave in the classroom? These are telltale signs of sleep apnea. Disordered breathing manifests itself differently in older and younger patients. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common type of apnea, and it is associated with a range of dangerous complications, including cardiac events. Treating sleep apnea is a must.
Natural and Cosmetic Dentistry in Clearwater treats Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) patients effectively and efficiently with Myobrace®.
Myobrace® System for Children and Teens
A series of lightweight, removable oral appliances are worn to correct oral habits and support healthy jaw alignment. Poor oral posture and jaw position can give rise to OSA. Tissues block the airway, which interferes with your child’s ability to breathe uninterrupted through the night. OSA patients may wake up dozens of times each hour when breathing ceases. This does not support restful, sound sleep and breathing problems are incredibly scary.
These custom oral appliances slip into the mouth. They help your child breathe through his or her nose (rather than mouth) and correct the tongue’s resting position. So, it rests on the roof of the mouth.
The appliances are combined with specialized exercises as part of the Myobrace® Activities program. Each day, the child performs a series of breathing, tongue, swallowing, lip, and cheek exercises to correct unhealthy habits. These activities are performed while wearing the appliance. With good compliance, treatment can be completed in two to three years for lasting results that support lifelong healthy breathing and function. Kids and caregivers alike appreciate that the system is:
- Gentle, made from unobtrusive, flexible materials
- Low maintenance
- Painless, low risk
Myobrace® for Adults
This three-stage system is appropriate for patients with permanent, adult teeth. It is highly effective at treating breathing conditions and disordered muscular function. Each appliance in the series is designed uniquely to correspond with a different “stage” in treatment:
- The A1 appliance is made from a soft and flexible material. So, it is comfortable, and the rate of compliance is high. When worn correctly, the A1 establishes uninterrupted nasal breathing. Once a healthy pattern has been established, patients move on to the A2.
- The A2 appliance is firmer than the A1. It is designed to expand the arch and support correct tongue and lip postures and swallowing patterns.
- The firmest appliance, the A3, is designed to retain the expanded arch form, tissue positioning, and related behaviors.
Adult patients appreciate how easy the system can fit into their lives and how it can make a big difference in the quality of life without using invasive surgical intervention or inconvenient, low-compliance therapies such as CPAP.
For more details about the Myobrace® System for Adults and Children, contact Natural and Cosmetic Dentistry at 727-888-6523. Natural and Cosmetic Dentistry doctors and staff look forward to helping you and your loved ones.