So many questions come to mind when considering orthodontia, like “how much do braces cost?” Our priority is to be here for you, so please don’t hesitate to contact or visit us with your questions. For your convenience, we’ve brainstormed a few ourselves. We hope these help answer some of the questions you might have!
Sleep Apnea & Orthodontia
Obstructive sleep apnea takes place when there is a physical obstruction such as extra soft tissue that is affecting a patient’s breathing. Central sleep apnea is a condition in which the brain does not send the proper signals to the body to breath while sleeping. Complex sleep apnea is a catch-all term that is given to any sleep apnea that is a mixture of these two conditions. Sleep apnea is relatively rare in children, occurring in 1-4%, typically due to large tonsils or adenoids. Sleep apnea is most often diagnosed in patients over 40. Other risk factors include high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, the use of sedatives, drinking, and genetics.
Currently, the most common treatment for sleep apnea is the use of a continuous positive airway pressure machine, or a CPAP machine. These devices can be effective in reducing the symptoms of sleep apnea, but they do come with some disadvantages. The patient may find them to be uncomfortable while their partners feel that they are too noisy during sleep.
Another option is to utilize dental appliances such as custom mouthguards or braces to straighten one’s jaw and tooth alignment. We have had excellent success with these types of treatments, and patients (and their spouses) are excited with the results.
The first step is to schedule a consultation with East Texas Orthodontics so that we can get a better understanding about your sleep apnea. If you would like to explore your treatment options for sleep apnea, please contact East Texas Orthodontics today to setup your own consultation.
Consequences of Thumb, Finger, and Pacifier Habits
Sucking a thumb or pacifier is normal for infants. However, parents need to keep an eye on this so that it does not become excessive and harmful. After all, sucking is a normal reflex early in life. The American Dental Association says that most kids stop excessive sucking by the age of four. Supportive parents use positive reinforcement to retrain children and protect their teeth and bite. This prevents later dental work and issues.