Oral DNA/Sleep Appliances/Mouth Guards
This revolutionary appliance helps develop the shape of the arches and mouth in children, teenagers and adults. It can be used to improve or correct sleep apnea issues and even graduate a patient from needing a CPAP machine as it volumetrically expands the breathing airway. It also can dramatically improve symptoms associated with ADD and ADHD as it helps the brain get the oxygen it needs. This is protective of the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and can resolve migraines in some individuals.
Historically, expanding the dental arches in adults was thought to be difficult because the suture lines in adults were already formed. In younger patients, appliances required 24/7 wear to be effective. With the DNA appliance, a patient can achieve outstanding results wearing the appliance only 12-17 hours per day. This means the patient no longer has to wear an appliance while at work or school to be effective. We recommend patients wear the appliance while sleeping and then either before and/or after work or school.
The DNA appliance is an adjustable appliance that is adjusted quickly and easily by the patient at home every 3-5 days. This is NOT rapid palatal expansion (RPE). This is slow, steady development of the dental arches using a process called biomimetrics, and nothing is cemented to the teeth as would be with traditional braces. The average time needed to fully develop arches and straighten teeth is about 18 months. A patient will normally be seen every four to six weeks in the dental office for a quick five-minute exam to make minor adjustments to the appliance.
The appliance itself looks similar to a typical orthodontic retainer and is just as comfortable and easy to wear.
One of the most common questions I get from new patients seeking orthodontic treatment is, that it has been suggested to them to have some permanent teeth pulled as part of getting the mouth enough space for braces to straighten teeth. The Oral DNA appliance eliminates the need for permanent tooth removal in most cases, as by developing the dental arch, this dental procedure becomes unnecessary.
The DNA appliance is used to help patients achieve their genetic potential. There are multiple environmental factors that can cause a patient to have underdeveloped arches; some of the most common causes are: thumb sucking, baby bottle usage as an infant, allergies, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, mouth breathing, and a diet heavy in processed foods.
When the jaws are underdeveloped, the teeth will not fit in the arch, and therefore erupt crowded, rotated, or even overlapping. Underdeveloped jaws can also inhibit the natural growth of the mandible (lower jaw) causing it to be in a retruded position. This retruded lower jaw adversely affects the TMJ, breathing airway, and often display issues with mental focus. An underdeveloped upper dental arch will also cause a constriction of the nasal airway resulting in a compromised airway that can lead to sleep disorders.
If you have any questions about this revolutionary appliance that helps reform and grow your dental arches while increasing facial aesthetics, please call our office for a free consultation or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, have become a significant health issue in the United States. It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80 percent of the cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed. Here at Dr.sCallicutt and Dayries, we screen our patients with the Watch PAT 200 take home sleep device and also work with Fusion Sleep Clinic to devise the most appropriate sleep help oral device for the individual patient.
Our Take Home Sleep Device, the Watch PAT 200:
Various bite/ night guards we make include:
A basic custom fitted full arch nightguard for bruxism:
NTI- helpful for migraine headaches and for an instant custom guard
Most of the sleep appliances for sleep apnea use lower jaw advancement to maintain an open airway during sleep.
Snoreguard: great for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea and for snoring correction.
For moderate to severe sleep apnea:
The TAP III:
And the Somnomed: