Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder marked by interruptions and pauses in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or collapsed tissues in the airway. Untreated sleep apnea can contribute to several serious health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver problems.
Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep physician. We recommend that you talk to your orthodontist, as well as your doctor, if you suffer from the symptoms of sleep apnea. Common signs of sleep apnea include:
Sleep apnea treatment may depend on the severity of the condition. If you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, our orthodontist may recommend an oral appliance. The oral appliance works to treat obstructive sleep apnea by fitting over your teeth and keeping your airway open while you sleep. It can work by preventing the tongue from blocking the air passage or by holding your jaw in a position that prevents airway blockages during sleep. For more information on sleep apnea treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our dental practice today. We are committed to helping you improve your health!
Propel® technology reduces the length of your orthodontic treatment by using cutting-edge tools and procedures that are designed to shift your teeth into their correct positions at an accelerated yet comfortable rate. The innovative devices used in your treatment process stimulate bone remodeling, helping your teeth to move faster and more predictably into the proper position. Propel is oftentimes used in conjunction with standard orthodontic treatments, such as braces or Invisalign®, to increase the speed of tooth movement by up to 50%.
Propel is comfortable and minimally invasive. When you receive this treatment at Quest Orthodontics, our orthodontist will create tiny perforations that will assist in speeding up and stimulating bone production, thus making your orthodontic treatment more efficient. While you may need a local anesthetic during your treatment, there should be minimal discomfort, and it can easily be minimized with mild pain relievers or topical gels.
If you would like to reduce your treatment time with braces, AcceleDent® might be just what you need. AcceleDent is a state-of-the-art device you can use to shorten your treatment period and gain your beautiful, straight smile in less time.
The AcceleDent is a hands-free, easy-to-use device that you use for only 20 minutes every day to shorten your treatment time. AcceleDent uses SoftPulse Technology®, which is a series of gentle micropulses designed to accelerate the bone remodeling process. This works in conjunction with your braces or other kinds of orthodontic treatment to move your teeth in less time. In fact, AcceleDent has been clinically proven to move teeth up to 50% faster! AcceleDent is FDA approved, and in addition to shortening your treatment time, it can also make your treatment more comfortable. The micropulses created by SoftPulse Technology are gentle and can decrease soreness associated with braces.
We may recommend AcceleDent for patients who would like to reduce their orthodontic treatment time. This is perfect for patients who would like to straighten their teeth before a special event, such as a wedding or graduation. To learn more about AcceleDent and to discover whether it’s right for you, we welcome you to contact our office today. We are happy to answer your questions and schedule your visit with our experienced orthodontist.