What do sleep apnea and tooth grinding (bruxing) have in common? They’re both signs that you’re not getting enough air.

With apnea, you’re repeatedly choking and jolting awake – the body’s emergency response to a blocked airway. With bruxing, you’re often just trying to get your jaw into a position that lets you take in more oxygen.

No oxygen, no life.

Typically, apnea treatment includes either wearing a CPAP device during sleep or an appliance that keeps the tongue from falling back into the airway. Bruxers are given nightguards. While these all can improve sleep to varying degrees, neither addresses the root of the problem.

DNA applianceBut recent technology has brought us a new kind of therapy that actually lets us treat the cause and provide long-term relief: the DNA appliance.

This device takes advantage of the wealth of stem cells you have in your jaw joints and tooth sockets. By stimulating these cells, we can enlarge the oral cavity and airway, making it easier for you to breathe freely and consistently during sleep.

The added benefit is a boost to your overall health. Research has consistently shown a relationship between sleep disordered breathing and problems such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, stroke, depression, memory issues, lower immunity, and stroke. It’s also shown a lowering of risk when the body gets more oxygen.

We’re proud to offer this cutting edge technology in our office. Ask us about it at your next appointment!


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