DNA Appliance/Sleep Dentistry
Traditional orthodontic treatments often use force braces fixed to the teeth, which are worn all the time. Epigenetic Orthodontics is different because instead of using mechanical forces to move teeth, a patented removable Daytime-Nighttime Appliance® (or DNA appliance®) is worn during the evening and night, and this allows the body to gently correct the positions of the teeth in its own natural way.
The DNA diagnostic support and treatment solutions provide the tools for natural jaw development and airway remodeling through craniofacial enhancement. In addition, the DNA appliance® protocols are effective in addressing issues such as TMD and obstructive sleep apnea in both adults and children without using surgery, drugs or injections.
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of pharmacological agents to calm and relax a patient prior to and during a dental appointment. The pharmacological agents usually belong to a class of drugs called sedatives, which exert their action by depressing the central nervous system, specifically those areas concerned with conscious awareness.
There are different degrees of central nervous system depression, each corresponding to a level of relaxation which ranges from minimal, moderate, to deep sedation. In general, minimal sedation refers to a patient who has reduced anxiety but is readily responds to verbal or physical stimulation. With moderate sedation the patient is even more relaxed, and will respond to purposeful stimulation. In deep sedation, the patient may not exhibit any signs of consciousness and therefore be unresponsive to stimulation.