Orthodontics

Boulder Dentist Serving Denver, Ft. Collins & Nearby Areas in Colorado

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New Sleep appliance for snoring and Sleep apnea

We just started using a new sleep appliance called  MicroO2 with great success. This appliance seems to be much more comfortable than the Somnomed appliance. We have stopped significant snoring and improved oxygenation almost immediately, even in very severe cases.   The appliance also does not constrict the tongue space- a common problem with other sleep appliances. When we call our patients after a few days of wear they are amazed with the results. We use a neuromuscular bite as the starting point for the appliance. This allows a much more comfortable jaw position.

Tongue Thrusting Causes Bad Bite

Many orthodontists have had the discouraging experience of completing dental treatment, with what appeared to be good results, only to discover that the case had relapsed because the patient had a tongue thrust swallowing pattern. If the tongue is allowed to continue its pushing action against the teeth, it will continue to push the teeth forward and reverse the orthodontic work. The force of the tongue against the teeth is an important factor in contributing to malformation (“bad bites”).

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