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How Sleep Apnea Can Be Treated With Orthodontics

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Problems with sleeping can cause more than just a feeling of exhaustion. Sleep problems can reduce cognitive function and lead to more health issues if left untreated. Orthodontic interventions can help play a role in managing sleep apnea and snoring. At Massih Orthodontics, we understand the impact sleep apnea can have and can offer orthodontic treatments to alleviate these conditions and improve your sleep and overall health. 

How Sleep Apnea Can Be Treated With Orthodontics

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes interruptions in breathing during sleep. It causes daytime fatigue and poor cognitive function, leading to health issues such as type II diabetes, strokes, and heart attacks. Snoring, a common symptom of sleep apnea, doesn’t just disrupt your sleep but affects others as well. 

Orthodontic treatment can play a role in managing these conditions and alleviating symptoms, allowing for more restful sleep and better overall health. At Massih Orthodontics, we offer a range of orthodontic treatments that can be used to address sleep apnea and snoring. These devices include:

  • Mandibular Advancement Devices: These custom-made oral appliances can reposition the lower jaw during sleep, keeping the airways open and reducing the number of sleep apnea episodes. 
  • Tongue-Retaining Devices: Tongue-retainer devices hold the tongue forward, preventing it from blocking the airway and reducing sleep apnea symptoms during sleep. These devices are used as an alternative to MADs.
  • Orthodontic Surgery: In severe cases of sleep apnea that cannot be corrected with insertable devices, orthognathic surgery can be used to reposition the jaws to improve airflow and alleviate breathing obstruction during sleep. 
  • Orthodontic Therapy: Another viable method that can be used to correct sleep apnea is orthodontic therapy. Braces and aligners can help address the underlying factors contributing to sleep apnea and snoring by realigning the teeth and jaws, improving breathing, and reducing symptoms. 

These interventions can address sleep apnea and snoring, and our team at Massih Orthodontics can develop personalized treatment plans to help alleviate symptoms, enhance sleep quality, and improve your overall health and well-being. Our team, led by Dr. Massih, takes a personalized approach to developing treatment plans that suit your needs. We consider factors such as your dental and medical history, lifestyle, and severity of the condition to provide effective solutions that enhance your sleep and overall well-being.

Visit Massih Orthodontics Today For Sleep Apnea Treatment

At Massih Orthodontics, we stand out in our ability to recognize the connection between orthodontic care and conditions such as sleep apnea. If you’re seeking solutions for sleep problems, visit Massih Orthodontics at 1017 N. Pacific Ave Suite A Glendale, CA 91202, or call (262) 523-1200 to schedule your appointment. Dr. Massih and the expert team are committed to guiding you toward improved sleep and overall health. Choose Massih Orthodontics, where smiles meet effective solutions. Your well-being is our top priority, and we look forward to providing you with exceptional orthodontic care.

Dr. Karmen Massih Inspired by orthodontics at the age of 10, Dr. Karmen Massih earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine at UCLA's School of Dentistry. After earning her certificates in orthodontics at the University of Pittsburgh, she returned to her hometown of Glendale, CA, to begin Massih Orthodontics, a practice dedicated to transforming smiles for people of all ages.