Airway Dentistry & Sleep Apnea
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What Is Sleep Apnea?

Why Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?

It is dangerous to leave sleep apnea untreated because it can cause many serious health complications that can shorten a person’s lifespan. Sleep apnea also reduces sleep quality which can impact your ability to be alert throughout the day. 

This can cause someone to fall asleep at the wheel or while operating heavy machinery. Studies have shown that people suffering from sleep apnea are 5 times more likely to get into a car accident.
Sleep apnea also increases your risk of developing the following:

- Type 2 diabetes
- Hypertension
- Metabolic syndrome
- Heart attack or stroke
- Heart disease
- Depression
- Liver problems
- TMJ

Our Treatments for Sleep Apnea

At Parkside Dental in Murphy, we utilize a Vivos oral appliance that treats sleep apnea, snoring, and TMD problems. This oral device looks like a retainer and is worn around the teeth for 1-2 years. This appliance works to open your airway by:

- Expanding the jawbones outward and forward
- Improves airflow through the nose
- Reduces mouth breathing
- Improves the placement/posture of the tongue

There are two Vivos oral appliances: the Vivos DNA appliance and the Vivos mRNA appliance. The DNA appliance is worn exclusively at night and adjusts your bite alignment by exerting gentle pressure onto the teeth to move the jaw forward and expand it outward. 

This creates more room in the mouth for you to place your tongue and prevents it from blocking your airway. By increasing the size of the upper airway, mouth breathing is reduced and the patient can more easily breathe through the nose. 

The mRNA appliance is similar to the DNA appliance, except that it repositions the lower jaw instead of the upper jaw. This keeps the upper airway open, making it easier to breathe while the patient sleeps, and reduces the incidence of teeth grinding as well as TMJ-related jaw pain.

If you have or suspect you have sleep apnea in Murphy or Wylie, contact us at Parkside Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jason Larsen.

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