Can You Cure Sleep Apnea? Explore the DNA Appliance
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that plagues a large portion of the adult population in the United States. Ranging from moderate to severe, sleep apnea can go unnoticed for a number of reasons. Once detected, it can be treated in various ways including CPAP masks and Oral Appliance Therapy. However, another alternative form of treatment is called the Daytime-Nighttime Appliance (DNA appliance).
What is the DNA Appliance?
The DNA, an FDA regulated biomimetic oral appliance, is a revolutionary approach to treating and, even curing, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Using the concept of Epigenetic Orthodontics, which is a process that uses a patient’s own genes to straighten or correct their teeth, the DNA appliance helps enhance craniofacial development in a simple, natural, and painless way.
Much like oral appliance therapy, the DNA appliance must be used on a daily basis to achieve the ultimate results and is only worn in the evening and during sleep. However, what differs between a DNA appliance and other sleep apnea dental appliances is that unlike the other appliances that simply move the lower jaw forward to open the airway, the DNA appliance permanently changes the underlying structure of the airway.
The DNA appliance is similar to a removable orthodontic retainer and is used to activate the growth and development center in the upper jaw. By using the appliance, the patient is helping remodel the jaw into a healthier anatomical structure by naturally and gently correcting the position of the teeth over time.
Top 4 Benefits of the DNA Appliance
Using the DNA appliance allows our Glen Mills dentist to address issues such as temporomandibular disorders (TMD) in both adults and children without the need for injections, drugs, or surgery. It’s also an effective way of repositioning teeth in a natural way without the need for surgery, referred to as non-surgical airway remodeling.
The DNA appliance also helps improve facial structure, open the upper airway, and naturally correct the tooth alignment. Other benefits of a DNA appliance includes:
- Better breathing ability
- Improved sleep & increased energy
- Enhanced appearance with straighter teeth
- More focus & confidence
The DNA appliance will not only help you sleep better, it will help you breathe better, smile better, and look better.
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes an underdeveloped jaw?
Mandibular hypoplasia, also known as an underdeveloped jaw, is a condition that children can be born with or develop later in life. Underdeveloped jaws are typically a result of inherited disorders or genetic mutations. Fortunately, most cases can be resolved by orthodontic treatments, like a DNA appliance.
Does the DNA appliance actually work?
Unlike a CPAP machine, the DNA appliance is designed to permanently treat the causes of sleep apnea rather than manage symptoms. It works by correcting a number of orthodontic problems by shifting the growth of the jaw into proper alignment. In most cases, patients can expect to see results in about half the time it takes for braces to work.
What is a vivos appliance?
A vivos appliance, or Vivos System, are two of the many labels used to describe the Daytime-Nighttime Appliance (DNA) system.
I suffer from TMJ disorder. Can the DNA appliance help me?
If you suffer from TMJ disorder, the DNA appliance may be the solution you’ve been looking for. By naturally repositioning the teeth, the appliance helps remodel the jaw, improves facial structure, and opens up the airway. This effectively relieves the causes and symptoms associated with TMJ disorder without surgery.
Will my insurance cover the DNA appliance?
Some insurance companies may cover a partial cost of your treatment, but others may not. It’s best to contact your provider to review your coverage before your consultation with Dr. McCoy.
If you’d like, a member of our staff can contact your insurance provider for you to ensure you receive the maximum benefits available. Give us a call at (610) 358-5690 to get started.
Visit Progressive Dentistry, Sleep & Wellness for Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you have sleep apnea and would like to explore your treatment options, call Dr. McCoy in Glen Mills, PA. Our dedicated team at Progressive Dentistry, Sleep & Wellness will help answer any questions or concerns you may have. We strive to provide the best dental care for every patient. As a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. McCoy can help you figure out what treatment option is best for you. Call us today to get started!