Health & Wellness

Can Orthodontic Treatment Help Sleep Apnea?

October 5th, 2021

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes the person to have difficulty breathing while sleeping at night. It is a disruptive and even potentially dangerous sleep condition. It is characterized by loud snoring and pauses in breathing during deep sleep.

Sleep Apnea Causes

There are a few causes and risk factors for sleep apnea: genetics, being overweight, and certain anatomy of the jaw/mouth structure that may impact how likely you are to suffer from sleep apnea. The majority of sleep apnea cases are caused by airway obstruction, though it can also be a disorder with the brain called central sleep apnea.

Obstruction Sleep Apnea

Overbites

An overbite is characterized by an upper and lower jaw that do not meet normally. While it is normal for the upper teeth to sit slightly in front of the lower, the gap should not be very noticeable and certainly should not cause you considerable issues at night when breathing. When the lower jaw sits further back than the upper the soft tissue parts attached like the tongue and palette could slide further back, disrupting normal airflow.

Larger features in the mouth

When a patient visits the orthodontist, they may be looking for large tonsils, uvula, or tongue. Large tonsils may fall back and restrict nighttime airflow. The same goes for a larger uvula and tongue. If the uvula rests on the tongue while relaxed, or the tongue sits above the back teeth, this may pose a problem, specifically if a patient tends to sleep on their back.

While an orthodontist cannot diagnose a patient with sleep apnea, they may recommend you see a sleep specialist. Following diagnosis, orthodontic treatment can help people who are dealing with sleep apnea symptoms.

Potential Orthodontic Solutions

Orthodontists typically cannot help as much if the cause of sleep apnea is central; however, an orthodontist can generally assist with symptomatic relief in the case of obstructive sleep apnea.

Jaw position

If the sleep apnea is generally a structural issue, patients may find symptomatic relief by slightly altering the jaw position. Orthodontists can adjust the patient's lower jaw so that it remains in the ideal position while sleeping. This process is completed with special appliances, or in some cases with orthodontic treatment including braces/aligners and elastics that shift the bottom jaw forward.

Palate expander

When sleep apnea is observed in children, the cause may be a narrow and underdeveloped palate. To correct issues with the palate, our orthodontist Dr. Trpkova may recommend a rapid palate expander. This solution is only effective in younger patients whose jaws have yet to develop fully.

If you think you are struggling with sleep apnea, speak to our Orthodontist at InLine Orthodontics today, and talk about potential solutions!

Think It's Too Late For Treatment? Think again!

November 21st, 2016

THE STEREOTYPICAL IMAGE of a child or teenager in braces is a thing of the past. In fact, more than one million adults in Canada and the U.S are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you're thinking it's too late for you to get the smile you deserve, we want you to know that no matter your age, orthodontic treatment can change your life.

Why are so Many Adults Seeking Orthodontic Treatment?

We know that not everyone had the opportunity to receive orthodontic treatment when they were young, even if they wanted to. Some of you may have had treatment in the past but for various reasons need treatment again. What ever the reason you are seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult, we have option for you!

Because of advances in technology, we are able to provide a variety of treatment options. At InLine Orthodontics, Invisalign has become the standard of care. Depending on your unique case as well as your lifestyle and personality, we will recommend one of the following types of braces:

With more options and more freedom to choose, you can get the smile you've always wanted in a way that works best for you.

The Benefits of Straight Teeth Go Beyond Cosmetics

Having straight teeth and a healthy smile you are proud of are shown to improve self-esteem and confidence. According to 75 percent of adults in treatment, orthodontic treatment can even improve your career and personal relationships.

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But beyond the cosmetic side of things, many adults are realizing just how important straight teeth and an aligned bite are for oral and overall health. Here are just a few of the health benefits orthodontic treatment could provide for you:

  1. Less plaque and tarter buildup: When teeth are crooked and crowded they trap food more easily and are harder to clean. That's why having straight teeth reduces the risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
  2. Easier eating: Did you know that misaligned or crowded teeth can comprise chewing? It can also cause abnormal tooth enamel wear and increase your risk of cracking or chipping a tooth.
  3. Less headaches: Jaw misalignment or a poor bite are common contributors to headaches and neck, jaw and face pain, as well as pain associated with TMD.

Talk To Us Today About Adult Orthodontics

It's no wonder that 92 percent of adults in treatment say they would recommend orthodontic treatment to their peers. Braces can beautify your smile and help give rise to a healthier, happier you! So, what are you waiting for? Set up a complimentary consultation with us today.

We can't wait to give you the smile you've always dreamed of!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

What Parents Need To Know About Thumb Sucking

November 7th, 2016

THUMB SUCKING IS NORMAL for infants, but many parents wonder about its effect on their child’s future dental health. As a parent, you may have questions such as, “When should I be worried about thumb sucking?” or, “What will happen if my child continues to suck their thumb?”

Because thumb sucking is so widespread–it’s estimated that about 75 to 95 percent of infants suck their thumb or fingers at some point–we want to help parents understand why it happens and how you can help your child break the habit if necessary.

Thumb Sucking Is Normal–Up To A Certain Point

If your infant develops a thumb sucking habit, remember, it is completely normal. Some children even begin sucking their thumb in the womb! It’s a natural reflex for babies and provides them with a sense of security and comfort.

In most cases, as baby grows and begins to explore the world around them, thumb sucking will gradually decrease and disappear on its own, usually between the ages of two and four. Past age four, however, thumb sucking should be discouraged.

The reason for this is that prolonged sucking can negatively impact your child’s developing teeth. Depending on the frequency and intensity of sucking, teeth and the upper and lower jaws can be pushed out of alignment and the formation of the roof of the mouth can be changed. It can even affect speech development.

What To Do If The Habit Persists

If your child’s thumb sucking habit persists, recognize when it occurs. Is it an absentminded habit or do they suck when they are anxious, stressed or nervous? The method you use to help break your child’s sucking habit may depend on the reason behind it.For some children, a discussion and goal setting is enough. For more difficult cases, you may need to enlist the help of your orthodontist.

Here are some general tips to help your child break the habit:

  • Explain. If your child is old enough, help them understand the consequences of thumb sucking and why they need to stop.
  • Make your child an active participant. Help your child come up with their own goals and prevention strategies. They will be more likely to keep their own goals.
  • Take note. Observe times they are more prone to sucking, if any, and try to create diversions.
  • Use positive reinforcement. Offer encouragement and support instead of punishments.
  • Make a progress chart. Help your child see their progress and reward them with a prize at the end of each week and/or month. Have your child be the one to place stickers on the chart and choose the prize.

Involve Your Orthodontist

Whatever the methods you choose to help your child break their thumb sucking habit, we are here for you! We can provide advice, support, and if necessary, further treatment options to help your child stop sucking their thumb or finger.

Talk to us about thumb sucking today–we’d love to address your concerns, answer questions and help come up with the best solution for your child.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.


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Calgary, AB T2Y 3P3
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