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Sleep Apnea Disorder (AKA Obstructive Sleep Apnea - OSA) is a serious sleep disorder that causes a person to temporarily stop breathing during sleep. The consequence of this leads to severe and particularly heart issues, and can become instantly fatal.
Symptoms to Look For:• Snoring • Excessive night time urination • Irritability • Morning headaches • Daytime sleepiness • Difficulty concentrating and poor memory • Migraine • Teeth grinding
Most doctors recommend a CPAP machine or traditional dental appliances, which only treat symptoms. This means that unless something else changes, you will be “gearing” up for bed the rest of your life.
Dr. Sheri recommends Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT): the ideal treatment option for most patients with sleep apnea. This is a small plastic device that is kept in the patient’s mouth during sleep (often compared to a sports mouth guard) and helps keep the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing and keeping the airway open.
This device is known for enhancing neurological function and a more aesthetically balanced face by mimicking the optimal developmental forces intended by nature. The goal of the ALF appliance is to improve overall health, total body function and balance of the face while providing a more effective and SIMPLER solution than ever to the following common issues:
Benefits of ALF Orthodontics:
Locked bones in the cranium, genetics, or habits such as nutrition, posture, and thumb sucking effect how the face grows and jaw forms, as well as how straight the teeth are. The ALF is an invaluable device for children in Holistic Orthodontics as it corrects under-developing jaws with light forces, simultaneously creating room to fit crowded teeth. Children often struggle for optimal facial and neurological development due to not having developed a mature swallow due to different challenges we face today in growth and development. The ALF is designed to replicate the forces of growth and development that nature intended; this method has been verified by years of feedback and results from osteopathic and chiropractic doctors specializing in treating the extremely sensitive system of development forces and influences involving the cranium and its surrounding neurological system.
As no two patients are the same, no two ALF appliances are the same! We specifically select and modify your appliance to your individual needs so as to aid your body to build on its strengths and overcome the weaknesses.
The new DNA Appliance is a painless, non-surgical dental appliance that works with the natural process of your body to improve the airway, as well as craniofacial health. This device treats the teeth, jaw and TMJ (temporomandibular joints) using similar forces to the ALF appliance by engaging the patient’s underlying genetics without the use of any surgery! More severe TMJ and sleep apnea cases may require this device.
This virtually painless technique consists of expanding the upper arch in three dimensions, which in turn increases the size of the nasal cavity. As the upper arch is widened, the lower jaw is able to move forward so as to set in a more natural position. This motion pulls the tongue and soft tissues forward as well to increase the dimension of the airway. It is proven that patient’s breathing is drastically eased.
Along with the life-lengthening results of this appliance, patients also notice that the face fills out more naturally and balanced, resulting in an effect similar to those produced with fillers and surgical face lifts.