According to the American Heart Association, an ideal night’s sleep should last an average of 7 to 9 hours a day. However, some disorders, such as apnea and snoring, for example, can affect the rest period and have health consequences. One possible treatment is the use of orthodontic appliances.
According to the doctor. Polyana Oliveira, Specialist Orthodontist, Orthopedic Surgeon, and Implantologist The main causes of sleep apnea and snoring are related to poor jaw position, biting problems, or deformity of the dental arch.
“When the causes of sleep disturbances are related to these factors, treatment with an orthodontic appliance can be used to correct the position of the teeth, thus contributing to better sleep quality,” he explains.
For a specialist, without proper treatment, a patient with sleep apnea can have other problems that threaten health and quality of life. Among the imbalances that appear as a result of sleep disorders: mood swings, excessive irritability, migraine headaches, attention deficit, memory loss, fatigue, and frustration.
Still according to the specialist, a multidisciplinary medical evaluation is needed to determine the causes, as well as the optimal treatment for each patient.
“It is interesting that, for patients with sleep disorders, follow-up is done with a team made up of professionals in the field of dentistry, otolaryngology and even speech therapy. Each patient should be assessed humanely and according to their needs,” warns Dr. Polyana.
On the restrictions imposed on the use of devices as part of the treatment of sleep disorders, Dr. Polyana ends by explaining that each treatment is unique and structured for each patient.
“We have no limitations, with advances in orthodontics, especially digital braces and Invisalign clear braces, anyone today can use braces and take care of not only aesthetics, but also oral and body health,” he concluded.
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