I recently started invisalign treatment. I have mild/moderate sleep apnea and due to extensive travel the CPAP was not a good option. My dentist recommended invisalign and indicated I have a narrow palate and overbite which invisalign will correct and thereby improve apnea. My dentist said there are sleep apnea appliances but recommended the invsalign to correct underlying problem and apnea device after invisalign treatment complete. Is this a reasonable approach? I am to wear 54 weeks.
Can Invisalign Help Sleep Apnea?
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Dental products can be prescribed by the physician and fabricated and fitted by a dentist in certain cases but ultimately the physican needs to do the anaysis.
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INVISALIGN FOR SLEEP APNEA?
Sleep apnea is a "fairly new thing" in dentistry. There is a lot of disagreement on how to treat it and how effective some of the treatments are. Arch expansion such as in your case is discussed by some lecturers, devices to advance the lower jaw are fairly popular although they may move your teeth over a period of time, and surgical procedures are sometimes used. Unfortunately we don't have a lot of solid published evidence for which ones are most effective, what type problem each treatment works best for, and what type side effects may be expected as a result of the different treatment methods.
Invisalign CANNOT Help Sleep Apnea
If you were already tested, and definitely have sleep apnea, you should deal with that problem FIRST. It can be very serious and life threatening.
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