Addressing Your Dental Crowding can Alleviate Your Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a disease caused most frequently by the anatomical constriction of the upper airway. However, for teenage and adult patients, there are many solutions to resolving sleep apnea just by addressing the conditions in the mouth.
The most common upper airway constrictions border the oral cavity, both along the floor of the nose and the soft palate — right above your uvula. Since these are borders are shared surfaces, in adults that have dental crowding in their upper jaw, their airway dimensions are directly impacted through expanding the width of their upper dental jaw. I know that was a mouthful, but to visualize this, look at the picture to the right of two upper jaws. You may notice that width of the roof of the mouth drastically influences the volume of the nose.