Sleep Apnea (How Orthodontics Help) | QUICK FACTS FOR MOM

Sleep. We all love it regardless of our age, gender, or nationality. For some though, sleep is not a recharging experience. It is a hellish time. This may be due to a sleep condition called ‘Sleep Apnea.’ It affects 18 million adults in the USA. Not to mention, many children. This condition affects breathing and is disrupting to the sleep cycle. a cycle your body uses to re-energize. This post will show you in quick form the basic facts on sleep apnea and how orthodontics can help. Let’s get going.


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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea can also answer to sleep apnoea and is a common classed disorder. The breath pauses when with this disorder. Other times breathing can become shallow. The pause can last seconds to minutes and can occur many times in the nighttime.

We all know what snoring sounds like. Sleep apnea will in most cases, follow the snoring. The snoring will affect both the sufferer and the and loved ones of the sufferer. Noise, worry, and constant disruption are the reasons to name but a few.


What are the Symptoms?

Snoring is the main symptom. We have all sounded our sleep to the world at some point. Saying that. It is important to note, snoring does not mean sleep apnea is the cause. Also important, sleep apnea is not deadly. You cannot die in a direct manner from this disorder. You can find health issues manifesting as side effects of this disorder. Issues like high blood pressure, strokes, high blood pressure. Not to mention heart attacks or heart failure.

It is worse for those with pre-existing heart conditions. The most common complaints or side effects are tiredness. This in term leads to more health issues. Chronic tiredness will mean even with full sleep, the sufferer still has tiredness. Sleep quality affected and tiredness builds up. All this will affect all who live around the person with sleep apnea.


Different Types of Sleep Apnea

Complex Sleep Apnea

Complex sleep apnea is a combination. Obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

This form is most common. Obstructive sleep apnea describes the relaxing of the throat muscles. The airwaves narrow after this and breathing becomes difficult. Also, supported by the muscles are the tongue palate and tonsils. When narrowing occurs the brain receives a message.

This is to switch the breathing from the nose to the mouth. The change is what will wake up the sufferer and those nearby. This transition of breathing may occur many times per night. This is common.

Central Sleep Apnea

This form is less common. Central sleep apnea is a basic lack of effort to breathe. The brain will fail to order the muscles to work and the breathing stops. This sounds scary but the breathing only stops for a moment.



Orthodontics and Sleep Apnea

Orthodontics has helped cure many sleep issues. Your sleep disorder may be an issue arising from a misaligned jaw or tooth alignment. It may be a serious bone issue. Seeing an expert ortho will help you work out how much effort is needed. And what devices will correct the facial structure or oral alignment to stop apnea.


Braces will move the teeth, allowing better breathing and airflow.


Braces can fix a multitude of oral issues. And minor to moderate malocclusions. Braces will move the teeth, allowing better breathing and airflow through the mouth. Two different types of braces can achieve a perfect and true set of gnashers.

Traditional braces

Traditional braces mean a mouth full of wires, brackets, and rubber bands. You may have experienced them or depending on your age, at least seen them in your youth. This method is uncomfortable often painful but proven to deliver great results.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are a new type of tooth movement system. Plastic aligners will push the teeth over a set of tailor-made appliances. Getting smaller and smaller. Invisalign is one such brand orthodontists use to correct sleep apnea. And many other oral health issues. Teenagers and sleep apnea is another cause for concern. Invisalign aligners are perfect for correcting health concerns before they escalate.

Rapid Palate Expander

An ortho may use a rapid palate expander to correct the apnea. Fitted to the upper jaw and molars it will expand the upper jaw and area of the mouth. This widens the space and allows better airflow.

Mandibular Advancement Splint

A mandibular advancement splint is a custom-fit brace worn during sleep. It is not as scary as it sounds. The lower jaw will move downward allowing better airflow. The device best for you and a sleep disorder at an orthodontic assessment.




At Childers Orthodontics in Illinois, we can treat sleep apnea and a host of other oral health issues. Whether your treatment is Damon System braces or Invisalign aligners. We are open to new children, teenagers, and adults. We can examine and learn more about straightening their teeth.

Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers expertise in all procedures. This is to reduce the amount of time required for wearing orthodontic devices. Call us to schedule your first appointment for an orthodontic evaluation.

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