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If you struggle with sleep apnea, you are not alone; it is estimated that over 3 million people in this country live with this condition. Sleep apnea is earmarked by breathing interruptions and loud snoring during sleep. It may require your practitioner or doctor to order testing for diagnosis and treatment, which often includes medications and lifestyle changes to resolve.

If you wear equipment like braces or retainers, you may find relief from symptoms of sleep apnea. Can orthodontics help sleep apnea? Here’s what you should know:

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common condition that can actually result in episodes of breathing cessation during sleep. Most with sleep apnea snore, and this medical condition can contribute to other significant health issues like chronic fatigue and high blood pressure.

Orthodontic Equipment

So, can wearing orthodontic equipment reverse sleep apnea? Not exactly, but it can result in a more-open airway and less apnea symptoms for many who wear specific orthodontic devices. Braces can be effective at reducing episodes of sleep apnea for many patients, though those with issues related to weight or lifestyle, such as smokers, may find the equipment is less effective at reducing sleep apnea symptoms.  Talk to your orthodontist to learn more about how orthodontic equipment may help your sleep apnea symptoms.

Jaw Alignment

If your case of sleep apnea is a result of misalignment of the jaw, an area orthodontist may be able to provide you with a custom device or fitting that is worn at night while you sleep. This could realign the jaw in such a way that the airway is more open, resulting in less snoring and breathing interruptions. But, like anything, this is only effective when worn consistently.

Contributing Factors

If you really want to reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea, you may need to prepare yourself to make some lifestyle changes. Some contributing factors to this common condition are excess weight, alcohol use, and smoking. Make sure that if you are provided a mask and continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP), that you use it consistently. This helps to open the airway that is compromised when you have sleep apnea. Also, the CPAP machine can help lower blood pressure within three months of regular use.

Could your orthodontic equipment help with the symptoms of sleep apnea? Talk to your provider at Reese Orthodontics to learn more. Wondering if you need braces? Call to schedule an appointment for your orthodontic consultation today.

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If you want to learn more about our orthodontic practice - where we offer extensive experience with a Board Certified Orthodontist, where we offer a satisfaction guarantee, and where we offer flexible payment options - Reese Orthodontics is here to serve you.

"Dr. Reese and staff share an inviting personality with a clean and professional atmosphere. I am very happy with the service, the product and the final result. I would encourage any of my friends and family to consult with Dr. Reese around their Orthodontic needs."
- Austin H.
"It has been a great experience all around getting braces at Dr. Reese Orthodontics. It's a great office with wonderful and friendly staff. I am extremely happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Dr. Reese and his staff. I highly recommend him!"
- Nicole S.
"Dr. Reese and his staff was referred to me by a friend, and I highly recommend them! They were friendly, professional, helpful and quick to respond. I could not be happier with the results of Invisalign. I wore them about 7 months and my teeth are as straight as can be. Thank you for the great care and results!"
- Dancy E.
"I chose the absolute perfect orthodontist to perfect my smile. Dr. Reese has a personality that calms you and removes the anxiety that may come with the process. Dr. Reese is a true artist. I am so excited with my new smile. Dr. Reese accomplished the goals I was looking for and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Reese!!!"
- Melanie C.
"Just awesome! Dr. Reese is the one to go to. He knows what he's doing and is great at what he does. Makes you feel like family every time you go visit. I can't get over how great my smile looks now. Definitely recommended."
- Harsha P.
*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Reese Orthodontics.
Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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Dr. Reese McElveen, our award-winning orthodontist in Charleston, South Carolina has transformed the smiles of over 11,000 patients. Reese Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Types of braces and orthodontic treatment include metal braces, clear braces, gold braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Braces, SureSmile. Dr. Reese can even help you achieve your confident smile faster with AcceleDent.

Call 843.573.7279 today to schedule your appointment with our board certified orthodontist in Charleston, SC, at our conveniently located Charleston orthodontic office. Come experience Reese Orthodontics and you will see for yourself that we offer innovative and effective orthodontic care in Charleston, Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Johns Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan and Ladson, South Carolina (SC).