Sana Dental is pleased to provide Epigenetic orthodontics as a treatment option for sleep apnea. Epigenetic orthodontics provides an alternative to the CPAP machine if the cause of an individual’s sleep apnea is a bad bite. It allows us to grow the lower and upper jaws to their genetic ideals. Jaws, teeth, and facial bones do not have a predetermined growth pattern. Instead, they are driven by the influence and stimulation of functional patterns occurring in your mouth like breathing, chewing, and swallowing. If corruption occurs to these functional patterns, the jaw and facial growth can lead to problems like crowded teeth, underdeveloped jaws, and malocclusions. As a result, patients may experience breathing problems and sleep apnea. The goal of epigenetic orthodontics is to put your jaw and facial growth back on its original blueprint to give you a perfectly functioning mouth.
With epigenetic orthodontics, the DNA (day and night time appliance)/ VIVOS oral appliance is worn for 12-16 hours a day to reproduce the ideal 3 dimensional growth patterns that were disturbed during development. By correcting your jaw development, this can open up your airway which can eliminate sleep breathing problems like sleep apnea.