“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliances as a first line therapy option for the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea and for those severe sleep apnea sufferers whose CPAP treatment has failed.”
Oral appliance therapy presents a less intrusive alternative for many sleep-related breathing disorders. If necessary, oral appliance therapy can be combined with more conventionally used therapy to enhance the effectiveness of these treatments. Better yet, it allows people to continue their lives much more normally while providing long-term relief.
Mandibular Repositioning Devices (MRD)
A MRD or oral appliance can be extremely effective in managing obstructive sleep disorders because they position the lower jaw and tongue in a more forward position during sleep. As the tongue moves forward, the airway opens up, making breathing easier.
Acceptance rates of oral appliances versus CPAP
Anything new and different in the mouth takes getting used to, but in a recent study, 91 percent of sleep apnea patients who were treated with an oral appliance were still using their appliances comfortably at the end of one year. In comparison, CPAP COMPLIANCE is LESS THAN 50%. Studies show that if patients are given a choice in treatment, the overwhelming majority will choose oral appliance therapy over CPAP.
DNA/mRNA Appliance® Therapy
The DNA/mRNA appliance is our innovative solution providing natural ways for the body to improve the upper airway and enhance craniofacial development through a process called Pneumopedics® without the use of surgery, drugs or injections.
Typical oral appliances that are used to manage snoring, UARS and obstructive sleep apnea are worn over a lifetime and often protrude the lower jaw. Pneumopedics® (or non-surgical upper airway remodeling) is different because instead of simply repositioning the jaw, our patented, FDA-registered appliance (DNA/mRNA appliance®) is a combined device worn at night, and this allows the body to gently re-develop the upper airway, while correcting the positions of the teeth into a more natural position.
Our diagnostic support and treatment solutions provide the tools for natural jaw development and upper airway remodeling through craniofacial enhancement. In addition, the DNA/mRNA appliance® protocols are effective in addressing issues such as TMD/TMJ and headaches in both adults and children painlessly without using surgery, drugs or injections.
*laser-assisted snoring and sleep apnea treatment
NightLase is a fast, non-invasive and safe way for sufferers of snoring and sleep apnea to increase the quality of sleep. It has an extremely high success rate in producing a positive change in sleep patterns. Research has shown that NightLase reduces snoring and provides an effective, non-invasive way to lessen the effects of sleep apnea.
Nightlase requires no device to be worn during sleep, involves no chemical treatment, and no anesthesia. If you suffer from snoring or sleep apnea, NightLase offers a gentle and easy way for you and your loved ones to regain a good night’s rest.
Benefits of NightLase
* Lessen the effects of snoring and sleep apnea
* Can be used in conjunction with other therapies (MRD and DNA/mRNA appliances)
There are many documented dental developmental conditions that can contribute to an oropharyngeal airway obstruction. Chronic childhood allergies to food and/or airborne particles can effectively decrease proper nasal breathing forcing an individual to breath primarily through the mouth and, as a result, develop an abnormal swallowing\tongue pattern. An abnormal swallowing pattern leads to the underdevelopment of the dental arches and the lack of room for the tongue to posture and rest properly between the lower teeth. In many cases, the lack of tongue space leads to the development of a “deep overbite” and the retrusion of the mandible. Ultimately, the tongue positions itself more posteriorly thus narrowing the oral airway. Think of this as a car that is now too big for its garage and must partially hang out onto the driveway.
Other events shown to effect optimal oral airway development include bottle feeding in lieu of breast feeding, chronic hypertrophy/enlargement of the adenoids and tonsils and permanent tooth extraction associated with old-school orthodontic therapy.
An exciting and potentially permanent treatment option for patients diagnosed with mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and exhibiting less than optimal dental arch development is the utilization of the Fastbraces orthodontic system. Dr. Ohmes has developed unique treatment protocols utilizing the midfacial and arch development potential of this system to recreate the natural dental arch volume for more ideal tongue posturing. To ensure long term stability, Dr. Ohmes coordinates with ENTs in the St. Louis area to assure that normal nasal airway function is reestablished.