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Treat Nasal Congestion, Sleep Apnea, and More with This DNA Appliance

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Do you wake up in the morning feeling more tired than you were when you went to bed? Do you deal with stuffy sinuses that make it difficult to breathe?

These are just a couple of the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). They’re not just annoying – they can also be life-threatening.

OSA can lead to and/or worsen conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. And even the symptoms that aren’t life-threatening can be life-altering. Like an annoying neighbor who is constantly disrupting your life, sleep apnea can leave you feeling annoyed and frustrated.

Fortunately, a sleep apnea dentist can help with the latest in sleep apnea treatment. This treatment is known as a DNA appliance. Today, you’ll learn why this appliance is gaining popularity amongst patients and how it can help you get a great night’s sleep.

What Is a DNA Appliance? How Does It Work? Why Is It Used?

A DNA appliance is an orthodontic device that can be used to treat:

  • TMJ disorder
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Nasal congestion
  • Dental crowding.

This device is an FDA-approved sleep apnea treatment option. It differs from traditional orthodontic treatment because the focus isn’t solely on the teeth.

With traditional braces or Invisalign braces, the teeth are progressively adjusted to create the ideal bite. This means the teeth fit together properly and there’s little to no crowding.

Unfortunately, this type of treatment doesn’t take a holistic approach to the patient’s needs. When adjustments are made to the teeth only, it can have an adverse effect on the bones of the face. Many people who have had braces at an early age end up with nasal congestion and sleep apnea because the adjustments led to underdeveloped jaw bones and nasal passages.

In the past, some of these people were diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, when in reality they were dealing with the side-effects of sleep apnea.

how a dna appliance can helpThe DNA appliance can stimulate bone growth, help to reshape existing bone, and helps to correct any narrowing of the jaw and airway. The palate is widened, which opens the airway. The results are:

  • Better breathing
  • Improved sleep (longer time spent sleeping, as well as more restful sleep)
  • Increased concentration/less brain fog
  • Fewer headaches
  • Less irritability and depression.

The DNA appliance from your sleep apnea dentist only needs to be worn at night, but it can have a lasting effect on your airways. Even if you don’t have OSA, you’ll notice an improvement in your airways if you have any type of congestion.

Though there is some movement of the teeth while wearing this device, once it is out of the mouth, the teeth move back into their natural position.

What Do Patients Think about This Type of Dental Appliance?

The idea of improving sleep in Chicago with a DNA appliance sounds nice, but what do patients have to say about it? Does it really work?

Zack, a patient of Think Better Life, has nothing but good things to say about this appliance. After suffering for years with nasal congestion, he finally found relief after seeing his sleep apnea dentist. The results were apparent just after the first night!

And that’s not all. After a few weeks of consistent use, Zack found that he could sleep through the entire night, and he experienced better quality sleep, too. Because of this, he felt more energized during the day and he looks forward to seeing how things improve over a longer period of time.

Were there any issues with the DNA appliance? Zack said he had a bit of an issue talking while wearing the device, but it was tolerable, painless, and basically effortless.

Multiple patients have tried this appliance and experienced similar results. And they say they would recommend it to anyone they meet who deals with OSA.  

Chicago Sleep Apnea Dental Team: Always on the Lookout for Improved Treatment Alternatives

This is a great period of time to be alive. Technology is constantly advancing, and doing so quickly. For patients dealing with obstructive sleep apnea, there are so many more treatment options these days than there were just a few years ago. Instead of having to wear an uncomfortable CPAP mask, you can wear a DNA appliance instead.

If you struggle with OSA, you should talk to sleep apnea dentist right away. They’re always on the lookout for the latest devices that help their patients live healthier lives and that help them save time, money, and frustration.

Talk to your dentist about your sleep apnea treatment options and you can end up getting better sleep in Chicago in no time!

Would you like to know more about this sleep apnea device? Contact us today to schedule a consultation and we’ll get you on the path to better sleep in Chicago!

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Airway Related Sleep Problems: Snoring, Sleep Apnea and Forward Head Posture

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Do you have airway related sleep problems?

airway-related-sleep-problemsDo you wake up at night feeling you are unable to breathe? Does your bed partner say you snore or quit breathing during the night.

Do you wake during the night to urinate?  Do you wake in the night and can’t fall back to sleep?

These can all  be considered  warning signs that signal serious, sometimes life-threatening problems.  They  are  signs of  disruptive  sleep patterns.

Airway related sleep problems can cause:

  • irritability
  • nervousness
  • breathing problems
  • daytime sleepiness and
  • inability to concentrate
  • motor vehicle accidents or near misses
  • panic attacks
  • weight gain and inability to lose weight
  • metabolic issues
  • hypertension
  • sexual disorders
  • personality changes
  • marital problems

airway-related-sleep-problems-chicagoThis is only  a partial list of the numerous serious ailments that you could probably do without. Many of these problems are caused by airway constriction which may not be clearly visible when an examination is carried out by a doctor.  Frequently patients with airway disorders are unaware of their sleep problems.

When these problems just don’t seem to be going away you may be able to seek relief through dentistry.

Your airways could be keeping you awake

Maintenance Insomnia is when patients wake during the night and cannot go back to sleep or are awake for extended periods.

If your airways continually become obstructed and breathing issues persist over time, you may suffer from something called obstructive sleep apnea. There could be more serious health outcomes, such as high blood pressure and heart disease, too. These become more likely if you are not getting enough rest and sleep at night.  Untreated sleep apnea has been shown to increase risks of heart attacks and strokes 600% or more. Patients with untreated sleep apnea are more likely to die in their sleep than during exercise.

There are a number of reasons why you might have night breathing difficulties. The position of your tongue may be blocking your airway, for example. Any of these problems may cause a lack of oxygen. Your dentist may be able to find a solution for your breathing trouble by using a tried and tested device.  CPAP IS CONSIDERED THE GOLD STANDARD OF TREATMENT FOR SLEEP APNEA BUT THE MAJORITY OF PATIENTS CANNOT TOLERATE CPAP.  90 % of patients prefer the dental alternative to CPAP when offered a choice.

Dental solutions for airway problems

There are a variety of dental solutions available to keep your airways clear while you sleep. One is what is called a tongue retraining device (TRD). This is a splint which positions the tongue in the correct place to allow plenty of space to breathe and prevents collapsed airways.

A second device is what is called a mandibular advancement device (MAD) which looks similar in appearance to a sports mouth guard. The airways are kept clear because the MAD exerts a force on the lower jaw. It pushes it forwards and down a little. The potential benefits of these dental devices include sleep improvements and a reduction in the incidence of snoring.

There are over 100 different types of oral appliances that open or stent the airway to treat sleep apnea and snoring.  The American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine offers Diplomate status to dentists with the highest degree of education and training.

Start feeling rested in the morning

If you are finding sleep difficult because you are unable to breathe properly and you have been unable to find a medical diagnosis for your problem, then your solution could be dental sleep medicine and/or physiologic dentistry.  Physiologic Dentistry can measure the current physiologic state and guide treatment positions.

We will examine your condition to ensure that nothing else is causing your airway problems. At last you should be able to breathe more easily and you will no longer feel tired throughout the day.

Forward head posture is a warning sign of airway problems

The blockage of the airway because of jaw and tongue position alters our normal head posture.  We bring our head forward , when awake to breathe better but this puts us at risk for headaches, neck pain, low back pain and particularly TMJ problems.…

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Dear Dr. Shapira,
I wanted to thank you for taking my sense of fatigue seriously and trying to help me overcome it. You noticed things that sent me to a surgeon to stop my snoring and fashioned a mouth guard for me. This is in addition to other tips you have given me.

I appreciate you asking for my recent blood tests and analyzing them. You even went a step further and contacted my internist. She suggested, as did you, I see an endocrinologist. I have an appointment next month and will request you receive a copy of the results.

Again, thank you for caring.

– Bonnie S.


Dr. Shapira, or as I like to call him, Ira, is an angel in every sense of the word; blessed with a great brain and a greater heart and his hands work pretty good, too. His top qualities are that he provides great results, he’s an expert, and he is creative. I will never forget his devotion to one client he met with for eighteen months, on a weekly basis, at Rush Pres St. Luke’s who still has never received a bill for all services provided. May God bless you and yours always.

– Patrice C.


My longtime acupuncturist recommended Dr. Ira Shapira as an expert on Sleep Apnea when I shared with her my frustrations with my CPAP. Less than three months later, (and a sleep study to prove it), I am cured of my moderate condition of sleep apnea. Dr. Shapira created an oral appliance that is easy to sleep with and maintain. I am so relieved, feeling much better, significantly fewer headaches and more energy I would recommend Dr. Shapira to anyone. His knowledge of dentistry goes well beyond the norm. Anyone that suffers from TMJ and or sleep disorders should have a consult.

– Karen G.


I saw Dr Shapira for TMJ problems and chronic Migraines. I wore a plastic appliance for several months. All of my issues with jaw locking and clicking resolved as did my daily headaches and chronic migraines. I no longer have dark circles under my eyes either.
I could not afford a full mouth reconstruction but have been wearing a permanent appliance for several years on my bottom teeth..Expensive but worth it.
I did have 10 veneers done and now have killer smile, partially because I am no longer in chronic pain.

K.C.

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I have been a patient for over 15 yrs. When I came to Dr. Shapira I was in very bad TMJ pain. He and his staff worked with me for hours and when I left that day the pain was gone. I continued treatment until my bite was fully corrected and not only that but thanks to Dr Shapira’s talent in cosmetic dentistry, my teeth look more beautiful then they ever have. Dr Shapira and the staff continue to gain education on the most innovative ways to help people look and feel good. The staff there are very kind and I always so cared for when I go for my appointments.

Michelle H.

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I received TMJ treatments from Dr. Shapira and I was pleased with the results. I had terrible migraines as well as smaller headaches for as long as I could remember and they dissipated upon receiving treatment. I would recommend Dr. Shapira to anyone with TMJ.I received TMJ treatments from Dr. Shapira and I was pleased with the results. I had terrible migraines as well as smaller headaches for as long as I could remember and they dissipated upon receiving treatment. I would recommend Dr. Shapira to anyone with TMJ.

– Christopher J.


I was referred to Dr. Shapira for TMJ issues almost 30 years ago. Not only did the TMJ treatment plan resolve my issues but, over the years, I’ve also received excellent dental care and had some cosmetic work done, which I am very pleased with. Dr. Shapira has a real passion for what he does, and that passion has brought him vast knowledge and expertise. I trust him completely. Also, Barb has been my hygienist over those 30 years and I am completely pleased and satisfied with her skills and commitment to keeping my teeth and gums in the best condition possible. I’ve had Dr. Amidei a few times over the years when Dr. Shapira was not available and those interactions led me to believe that he is of the same top caliber as the rest of the Delany Dental Care staff.

– MK


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Comment: I cannot imagine my dental work ever being done by any other dentist than Dr. Shapira!! I have been seeing higm for several years to help correct my sleep apnea. I cannot tolerate CPap so Dr. Shapira created an oral device that has literally been saving my life!!! I am a high risk patient and absolutely swear that I might not even be here if it weren’t for this incredible Doctor! He knows more about medicine from all different perspectives than most of my doctors and has exceptional skill in the practice of dentistry!! I truly believe this man is also a philosopher, a practitioner in natural remedies and has become a very special person in my life. Don’t even bother seeing any other dentist cause after you have seen Dr. Shapira you will be horribly disappointed!! I highly recommend Delany Dental for a real experience in what dentistry should be and rarely is!!!

I’ve been seeing Dr Shapira since 1998. In college I developed severe TMJ symptoms where I could no longer open my mouth more than an inch. I saw numerous specialists all over the state, visited top hospitals including the Mayo clinic. My family spent a lot of money and I got no relief from my symptoms. It wasn’t until my mom called the TMJ association in Texas and got Dr Shapira’s name. I was skeptical when I had my first appointment at Delany Dental Care but I was told it’d be a long road to recovery but I’d eventually be pain free. Within the first month of treatment, I noticed the headaches lessened. A few months later I could open my mouth further and within a year I had many days were I was able to forget about TMJ. This practice gave me my life back. While I still have some symptoms a few days a year, I am overall pain free. I was told though once you have TMJ as severe as my case; it would be something that I would have to deal with for the rest of my life but for the most part; most days I will not even know I have it.

– MEK


I am so grateful for Think Better Life and Dr. Shapira. I have been suffering from TMJ for 10+ years and have been to countless dentists who all have told me that I am “fine.” Dr. Shapira was the first dentist to actually listen to my pain, thoroughly examine me, and talk me through my options. My first meeting with him lasted over an hour! Dr. Shapira is not only a great dentist, he is an incredible human being: kind, compassionate, and sincere. After only a month, I am already beginning to feel relief from my chronic headaches and facial pain. It is a feeling I honestly didn’t know was possible. Think Better Life is a warm, caring, and friendly office. Dr. Shapira and his entire staff have are truly competent and hospitable!

Laila N.


When I came to Doctor Shapira I was at the end of my road with severe TMJ pain. I went to many doctors and somehow no one could solve my problem. After many months of research I found Dr. Shapira’s website. I was hesitant to make the appointment due to the distance I would have to drive and feeling hopeless, but after being astonished from watching all the testimonials on his website I thought it was worth a shot.

At the first visit I could instantly tell he had superior knowledge about my issues than other doctors I met with previously. He was open and honest about my condition, the long treatment plan, and the high cost of care. Although this information was intimidating, I finally knew what the saying meant “health is wealth”, life is not worth living in constant pain and discomfort. Therefore, I decided to proceed with his treatment plan.

1 year later I can honestly say that it has been the best money I have ever spent. I am about ~80% better and I will hopefully continue to improve over time. The constant clicking and popping of my jaw is gone, I have normal range of motion again, and most importantly I am mostly pain free.

Not only is Dr. Shapira one of the best and most knowledgeable practitioners I have encountered, he treats you like family and is honestly one of the most interesting people I have ever met. I never leave his office without learning a fun new fact. He truly cares about his patients and work. You can tell he loves what he does. I can’t recommend him enough if you have TMJ pain/issues.

BRITTANY B.


I’ve been seeing Dr Shapira since 1998. In college I developed severe TMJ symptoms where I could no longer open my mouth more than an inch. I saw numerous specialists all over the state, visited top hospitals including the Mayo clinic. My family spent a lot of money and I got no relief from my symptoms. It wasn’t until my mom called the TMJ association in Texas and got Dr Shapira’s name. I was skeptical when I had my first appointment at Delany Dental Care but I was told it’d be a long road to recovery but I’d eventually be pain free. Within the first month of treatment, I noticed the headaches lessened. A few months later I could open my mouth further and within a year I had many days were I was able to forget about TMJ. This practice gave me my life back. While I still have some symptoms a few days a year, I am overall pain free. I was told though once you have TMJ as severe as my case; it would be something that I would have to deal with for the rest of my life but for the most part; most days I will not even know I have it.

– MK


Dr. Shapira has been treating me for TMJ. We started with an oral appliance to relax the jaw and make a better bite. Then we went to a DNA Appliance. I have been pain free since almost day one. Now I can’t wait to see the results of the DNA which will reshape my jaw so I won’t need an appliance in the future. Dr Shapira is a miracle worker. His staff is Awesome as well!

Suzan B.


Very Caring and professional staff! Most definitely the best dentists I have ever been to. After an orthodontic mistake that left me disfigured and with a few less teeth, I was feeling very sad and hopeless. I decided to check out restorative dentistry. They basically pointed out everything and how your jaw can affect your entire body. The doctors were very kind, considering I was in tears. They were completely understanding. They also specialize in sleep dentistry. They did a sleep study on me and I got to choose where I could have it done. They will definitely get my business in the future.

– Marty S


Terrific place for Dental and TMJ healing…I’ve been a patient for 13 years. Not only did they fix my cavities very well, but the incredible relief from my jaw problems was unexpected. My jaw would sometimes lock up on one side, and Dr. Ira discovered that my bite was misaligned. I had the painless TENS treatment, wore a plastic appliance made for my mouth (like a retainer), and then my jaw was fixed, my bite was fixed, and my jaw pain was gone!!
Better still, this treatment apparently also aligned my sinuses, because my life-long sinus congestion disappeared. AND, I no longer require a small shim my right shoe for which I had long ago been diagnosed as having needed “because” one leg was longer than the other — which is no longer the case! Alignment works! This is a great place to get healed for life!!

– Marty S


I have going to this practice for 23 yrs. with Dr. Mark Amidei as my dentist and Dr. Ira Shapira for my Sleep Apnea.
I can not say enough about their staff, friendly and professional.
I enjoy going to the dentist.
A+ all around. Do yourself a favor and look no more, call and make an appointment. You will not be disappointed.
I began working with Dr. Shapira several months ago regarding a case of debilitating TMJ. He uses innovative technology to measure jaw movement, ensuring that his splint treatment is precise. He also works with patients to help them understand and treat the muscular component of TMJ (something not offered by the four previous dentists I had seen for my condition). Dr. Shapira works in conjunction with Dr. Mark Freund of Natural Care Chiropractic for TMJ cases; together they are relentless in finding a solution for their patients. I have been particularly impressed that both doctors continually seek out further education and knowledge in their respective fields. I cannot recommend their work enough!

– DS


I don’t know where my health would be without Dr. Shapira. I have been a TMJ patient for 20 years. I had no idea that TMJ treatment can effect your sinus, sleep, and migraine health as well. Dr. Shapira has been a lifesaver for me more times than I can count. This past January we started DNA treatment which stands for Day and Night Appliance. The improvement I’m already feeling is incredible! I wear this new, comfortable appliance 12 hours a day-basically after dinner and while I sleep. It is expanding my upper and lower jaw which is going to correct my TMJ, open my breathing passages, and greatly improve my allergy and chronic sinus infections. It’s mind-blowing how all of my medical issues are inter-twined with what Dr. Shapira treats. He is always on the cusp of the newest technology and treatments and many of his treatments offer instant relief. Dr. Shapira and his staff treat everyone like family. You couldn’t be in wiser or better hands.

Barbara K


I have been a patient of Dr Shapira and Dr Amidei for the past 24 years. My husband, myself and our three sons are all patients here and I cannot speak highly enough about everyone there! Dr Shapira diagnosed me with TMJ issues about 15 years ago and I have worn a night guard appliance from him ever since. I noticed a remarkable difference within a few nights of starting the appliance and have never had any uncomfortable issues with TMJ since then. Both doctors have seen all three of our sons since they were toddlers. Barb, one of their hygienists, has been treating our entire family these past 24 years and she is the absolute best.
Two years ago, Dr Shapira helped me with the decision to get porcelein veneers and I am thrilled with the results! The level of expertise he has, the wealth of knowledge that both doctors have, the kindness and care that everyone there displays – honestly, there is no place I would rather go and I have recommended many friends to this practice.
You can really tell that at Delany Dental Care, everyone there is treated like they are part of their family. Everyone there makes you feel like you are as important to them as members of their own family. I highly recommend this practice to anyone looking for themselves or their entire family to be treated! You cannot go wrong with choosing Delany Dental!

– DS

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Orthodontic Treatment of Sleep Disorders

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What do I do about sleep apnea and snoring?

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Do you have trouble sleeping and stay awake at night for hours, or find yourself waking up suddenly, gasping for breath? You may have a sleep disorder like sleep apnea. If you have a sleep disorder you may have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Loud and persistent snoring
  • Persistent sleepiness during the day
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decrease in work efficiency.

These symptoms could be due to sleep apnea. This sleeping disorder happens when you are unable to breathe easily while asleep because your airway is obstructed in some way. Not getting sufficient oxygen while you are sleeping means you haven’t achieved the deep sleep that is required for normal functioning during your waking hours.

You may be unaware of your night time breathing problems, since you seem to sleep through the night. This often results in feeling tired even though you got a good amount of sleep. There are some new orthodontic treatments for sleep apnea which may help to alleviate these symptoms. These are called epigenetic orthodontics.

Epigenetic Orthodontics for sleep disorder treatment

Epigenetic orthodontics is a treatment specifically designed to grow jaws orthopedically and to grow airways pneumopediclly to prevent airway obstruction.  This is different from typical orthodontics because it does not use heavy mechanical forces to move your teeth. Instead, a removable device called Daytime-Nighttime Appliance™ (DNA appliance™) is placed on your teeth throughout the evening and night, which lets the body alter the positions of your teeth more naturally and gently.

Genetics is the study of genes and our genotype describes the actual genes in an individual.  Phenotype is a description of how our genes are expressed.  Epigenetics is the study of how environment changes our gene expression.  The DNA appliance is used to correct acquired deformities and to bring out the ideal form and function.  Dr Shapira recently lectured (March 2014) at the ICCMO meeting in Buenos Aires on the common developmental pathways of TMJ and Sleep disorders and the epigenetic causes of these problems.

It has become common for children to do two step orthodontics with expansion (growth) being done as a first phase and braces or invisalign as a second phase of treatment.  This has not been possible in adults until now.  The DNA appliance allows us to grow and expand adults today .

These newly developed DNA appliances™ don’t depend so much on the continuous force that traditional orthodontic braces use but instead they help to move the teeth, the jaws, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the face and the airway into better relationships which help to ensure adequate sleep and correct breathing. The DNA appliances™ are made with special  3-D Axial springs™, which do not require any adjustment on a regular basis but puts vibrations into the system which greatly enhances treatment.

The RNA Appliance is a combination DNA growth appliance and a Mandibular advancement sleep apnea appliance.  There are published case reports of sleep apnea cures from treatment with DNA and RNA appliances.

The Epigenetic Orthodontic treatment Difference

Typical force orthodontics is a 4 step process.  The force is appliaed leading to inflamation (and pain) which causes the bone to resorb, the teeth move into the area of resorbtion and consolidation occurs.

Epigenetic Orthodontics eliminates the inflammation and pain by the gentle vibrations and the fact that movements are only 250 microns per adjustment.  This eliminates most or all of the pain associated with orthodontics.

Discover the DNA device

The DNA device is the most recent non-surgical device now in use to help address the causes of sleep apnea. As an alternative to other forms of sleep apnea treatment, it works by naturally remodeling your airway. It widens your arch while altering your oral cavity’s shape. Its aim is to improve your breathing.

Many people depend on other devices, such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), which pushes oxygen into the lungs by force, but it is hard for many people to use. As well as helping to change the way you breathe, DNA straightens your teeth while creating more aesthetic facial features.  A wide full smile is one benefit of the DNA Appliance but it allows us to permanently correct growth discrepancies without surgical intervention.

 Find out if it’s right for you

While you may be excited about the creation of this new sleep apnea treatment, you should get an evaluation of your health status in relation to your snoring and breathing problems which will determine if DNA or RNA appliance is right for you.

Snoring Devices

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How loud do you snore?

somnomedYou may or may not be aware that you snore, but either way, loud snoring could be an indication of a medical problem, as it takes place when your airway partially closes during sleep due to the relaxation of the neck muscles. If you snore frequently and loudly you may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This is where the airways become partially or totally blocked for about 10 seconds at a time.

When breathing stops, the amount of oxygen getting to important parts of your body, such as your heart and brain, is reduced. As well as having a health aspect, if you snore loudly, it can also have an effect on your relationship, especially at night when your partner is trying to sleep.

Snoring can kill!

Recent studies have shown that heavy snorers can have up to a 600% increase in atherosclerosis of the carotid arteries just from the injury the vibrations cause.  The carotids supply blood to our brain. This risk is in addition to the risks of sleep apnea. Patients with untreated sleep apnea have a 600% increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.  In patients with previous heart attacks untreated sleep apnea is the greatest risk for repeat infarction and death.

What your snoring is telling you

Your snoring is a warning sign to you that you; snoring could be a symptom of sleep apnea, which can result in serious health issues. There are some snoring solutions that you can undertake yourself. If you are overweight, losing some weight may reduce its occurrence.

Smoking or drinking alcohol affects the soft tissues in your throat and they tend to relax more than usual which closes up your airways. The snoring remedy here is to give up smoking and reduce alcohol consumption, both of which may benefit you.

Though weight, smoking, and drinking can be factors, snoring can have a deeper, dental cause. If you do snore a lot you probably feel tired during the day as you haven’t been getting quality sleep. If you don’t do something about it’s going to affect your job and your family relationships.

Snoring and sleep apnea have been shown to be a major cause of divorce and marital strife.

Here’s the good news

Fortunately, there are dental snoring appliances available that you can use to make you and your partner’s life far more comfortable. We can help you choose a non-invasive anti-snoring orthotic mouthpiece or mouthguard that will help you to sleep better at night.  There is even an appliance (TAP) that has a volume control for your bed partner.  If your snoring a simple turn of the knob can turn off the noise.

There are several devices that can help prevent or reduce snoring. The first anti snoring aid is really designed for severe sleep apnea sufferers who snore loudly. This is called the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment. It is a mask worn at night that pushes air into the lungs. It can be effective, but is also rather clumsy and can be noisy and uncomfortable.

A more comfortable snoring remedy, is the mandibular advancement appliance. There are over 100 types of FDA approved mandibular advancement appliances.   It is a plastic dental device worn over the lower and upper teeth that pushes the jaw forward allowing more space in the airway for breathing.

The Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP) is an adjustable and comfortable appliance that we fit to suit the unique shape and size of your mouth. Its role is to prevent your airway from collapsing so that you breathe better, get more sleep and snore less.  It is the single most effective appliance available.

The Somnodent appliance by Somnomed is probably the most comfortable appliance.  It is one of several  dorsal fin mandibular advancement devices that allows free jaw movement.

The SUAD appliance is a modified Herbst appliance that uses hinges to allow jaw movement.  It is the most robust appliance for patients who break other appliances.

Stop the night time noise with snoring devices

As mentioned, snoring can have multiple causes; we can help to determine the cause of your snoring and whether a dental solution could be right for you.