Benefits of a DNA Appliance

The DNA Appliance is an exciting alternative for people who have difficulty complying with sleep apnea treatments like CPAP. The benefits are:

  • Can cure sleep apnea
  • Activates your body’s natural growth mechanisms
  • No drugs
  • No surgery or surgical risk
  • Higher success rate than many surgeries
  • Cost comparable or below surgery
  • Combines well with lifestyle modification
The biggest attraction for the DNA Appliance is that it has the ability to potentially cure your sleep apnea. That means you will be permanently free of CPAP and oral appliances, and you won’t snore or be awakened by interrupted breathing.

The DNA Appliance treats sleep apnea using your body’s natural mechanisms. There are no drugs, and no need for surgery. This is particularly important for people with sleep apnea, who have a higher risk for perioperative complications. Although not everyone gets the full benefit of a complete cure, the success rate is higher than many sleep apnea surgery techniques–and at a lower cost than surgery.

The DNA Appliance, like other oral appliances, is a great treatment to pair with lifestyle modification to reduce the severity of sleep apnea. Combined, the two treatments have a higher success rate.

Limitations of DNA Appliance

young adult woman smiling with teethHowever, the DNA Appliance is not right for everyone. It does have some limitations, such as:

The biggest drawback for the DNA Appliance for most people is that it’s relatively expensive compared to other oral appliances.

That cost seems like even more of a drawback when you consider that many people don’t get cured of their sleep apnea, so they still have to pay for treatment with an oral appliance or CPAP. And we can’t always tell who will respond to the treatment so we can’t give you a good estimate of your odds of success.

How it Works

The DNA Appliance addresses the root cause of most cases of sleep apnea: a narrow airway. The size and shape of your airway is determined by the size and shape of your jaws. Unfortunately, for many us, our jaws don’t fully develop as they’re supposed to. There are many reasons for this, including:
  • Bottle feeding
  • Thumbsucking
  • Allergies or illness that clogs the nasal airway, leading to mouth breathing
  • Modern diet of soft, refined foods

Crowded teeth and a need for wisdom tooth extraction are signs that your jaw didn’t fully develop.

Fortunately, our bodies still have the ability to continue to develop. Even if the natural growth process has paused, we can trigger it again using the DNA Appliance.

The DNA Appliance works by applying steady force to your upper jaw, similar to the way braces move your teeth. Only the DNA Appliance doesn’t need to be anchored to brackets on your teeth. Nor does it need to be worn all day. Wear it in the evening and overnight and it will stimulate the growth of your jaw, which will expand your airway, making it easier to breathe and hopefully curing your snoring and/or sleep apnea.

Would you like to learn whether you are a good candidate for the DNA Appliance in Detroit? Please call (248) 480-0085 today for an appointment at the Michigan TMJ & Sleep Wellness Center in Rochester Hills.