Airway Focused Dentistry and TMJ
Airway Focused Dentistry and TMJ

At SmileUp Dentistry, we are concerned about your overall holistic health, which includes conditions that affect your head and neck, such as Sleep Apnea, Airway Obstruction, and TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disease). In treating these conditions, there are non-invasive dental appliances available to help with airway focused dentistry and TMJ.

What is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint acts as a hinge for smoothly opening your jaw. When these joints are damaged or degraded you are susceptible to arthritis or teeth clenching / grinding, and often pain which gets worse over time. In many cases, the pain and discomfort is temporary and can be relieved with nonsurgical treatments.

DNA Appliance

A DNA appliance is a way for our dentists to correct sleep apnea and reduce snoring and other airway issues, and to alleviate symptoms of TMJ disorder. These appliances do not require any invasive surgery and will correct TMJ, obstructed airways, and sleep apnea.

How Do DNA Appliances Work?

The Daytime, Nighttime Appliance (DNA) fits in the mouth as a mouthguard or similar to how a nightguard does. Wearing these every night, the bones in the face remodel themselves over time to correct issues with airway obstruction, and alignment.

With the DNA system we can help reduce and eliminate snoring, and treat obstructive sleep apnea. Treating these airway disorders allows our patients to have a more restful night’s sleep as well as feel more alert during the day.

Cosmetic Improvements

Along with improving patients’ ability to sleep well and reducing or eliminating pain from TMJ, many of our patients see cosmetic improvements as well. The DNA system helps to reshape the dental arches and realigns teeth in 12 to 24 months. The DNA system will make the face appear fuller by widening the airway and repairing the mandibular joint, along with realigning teeth.

SomnoMed / Panthera

Are you struggling with sleep issues such as obstructive sleep apnea or snoring? Our dentist can help with that. Through airway screenings, our dentist can determine whether you’re a suitable candidate for SomnoMed®️ or Panthera oral devices. SomnoMed and Panthera are leading manufacturers of innovative devices that help in the management of sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. These well-fitting and comfortable sleep apnea devices keep your airways open while you sleep, thus limiting blockage and breathing interruptions.

Getting enough sleep every night is crucial in ensuring that your body gets the rest it needs to function optimally. By alleviating sleep interruptions using SomnoMed or Panthera, you can become healthier and even happier. What’s more, your sleep partner will be grateful that they can sleep through the night without having to deal with your snores.

SmileUp Dentistry offers general, holistic, and cosmetic dentistry to Texans living in the Irving, Flower Mound, Bartonville, Lantana, Copper Canyon, Corral City, Double Oak, Argyle, Grand Prairie, Coppell, Arlington and Euless areas. Contact our dental office for a consultation.

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