Newer research has shown that jaw development treatment strategies like Jaw Development Orthodontics can positively affect the airway and sleep breathing. For example, in children, early arch development (expansion) strategies have been shown to consistently improve sleep breathing problems.
- For adults, we know with very robust medical evidence that custom oral appliances that advance the Mandible (lower jaw) forward can treat a range of sleep apnea problems.
- Like an oral appliance, the Jaw Development Orthodontics that Dr. Buck uses stimulates remodeling of both jaws in a face-forward manner. When both jaws are safely and gently remodeled forward the tongue can move forward out of the airway as there is more volume for the tongue inside the mouth. The arch widening that follows in ControlledArchR orthodontic system completes the transformation and allows even more room for the tongue to comfortably rest in the palate, and not remain pushed back into the airway.
- Another valid comparison to Jaw Development Orthodontics is research that has shown that jaw surgery for sleep apnea that moves both jaws forward has a consistent and sustained reduction or elimination of sleep apnea as evidenced by sleep studies many years after surgery. Jaw Development Orthodontics creates a similar effect by non-surgically developing both jaws forward and thus can have a positive effect on the airway.
Jaw Development Orthodontics stimulates remodeling of the entire Nasomaxillary complex (midface) This has the effect of opening the airway at all levels. Patients consistently report while in Jaw Development Orthodontics, they can breathe better through the nose and consistently report reduced snoring and better sleep. Dr. Buck has many cases of his patients being able to stop using CPAP for sleep. We however cannot guarantee any particular outcome for a sleep disordered breathing condition (eg OSA), but Dr. Buck plans for a sleep appliance after orthodontic treatment completion if needed that also serves as a retainer that can further improve sleep breathing for those that need additional support of the airway during sleep after Jaw Development Orthodontics treatment.
Finally, good recent research has shown that myofunctional therapy that strengthens the tongue to correctly rest in the palate along with competent lip seal and patent nasal breathing during sleep all work together to stabilize the lower jaw more forward and keep the tongue from sliding back and improve the muscular tone of the upper airway. Research has shown that myofunctional treatments alone can reduce sleep apnea by 50% in adults, and over 50% in children.  Fortunately, Dr. Buck and his team fully embrace myofunctional therapies including tongue tie release, and he incorporates this into all orthodontic treatments. By combining epigenetic jaw development treatments with myofunctional therapy we enhance the possibility of healthy sleep breathing.
We welcome you to learn more about the amazing life-changing results of epigenetic orthodontics, from the elimination of chronic pain, to the cosmetic face-life effects, to the restful nights’ sleep free of snoring and sleep apnea. No, this is not orthodontics like your parents had. Epigenetic orthodontics is about a lifetime of health and a beautiful smile!
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Volume 3 | Issue 1
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