The Control Arch Sleep Apnea Difference
- Posted on: Jul 6 2020
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects one in three adult males and one in five adult females. The condition occurs when the affected person stops and restarts breathing repeatedly throughout the night, and may or may not cause snoring. This constant stopping and restarting can cause the affected person to wake over and over, often without realizing it, and may leave them feeling tired and groggy throughout the day. Not only is sleep apnea disruptive to your sleep, but it can also cause or contribute to a long list of other conditions, including depression, heart attack and blocked arteries.
Thankfully there are many treatment options for sleep apnea. One that Dr. Peterson has found very effective is a treatment called the Control Arch, which develops the jaw through the use of orthodontics.
Control Arch isn’t just for people with crooked teeth. In fact, many people who get the Control Arch treatment have already had braces, and the new positioning of their teeth may be at least partly to blame for their sleep apnea! That’s because in years past, many orthodontic treatments focused on moving the teeth without taking the jaw into account. Some patients even had teeth removed to make room for the rest of their teeth to shift.
The goal of Control Arch treatment is to open the airway, eliminating the sleep apnea, which is caused by a blockage to the airway. This is done by “developing the jaw to its natural genetic potential.” By repositioning the jaw and widening the arch, the airway remains open naturally as you sleep. This can even eliminate snoring, which will not only make the patient happy, but also their spouse!
Control Arch treatment is relatively easy for the patient. To get started, the patient first undergoes 3-D imaging by a maxillofacial radiologist at the Facial Beauty Institute. Once the imaging results are produced, a custom plan is tailor made for the individual. Then your Control Arch treatment can begin, making way for a straighter smile and a much more restful night’s sleep. This procedure was once only possible by invasive surgery, but thanks to technological advances, it can be done a lot more comfortably with Control Arch.
To learn more about Control Arch and to see if this treatment is right for you, contact Dr. Peterson’s office at 435-658-0678.