Daytime-Nighttime Appliance - DNA Appliance

The Daytime-Nighttime Appliance (DNA Appliance) is a removable dental appliance used to treat a variety of oral problems. Patients use the appliance during the evening and nighttime (during the body’s natural circadian rhythm). The treatment activates naturally occurring genes to correct underdevelopment in the craniofacial region.The appliance gently expands the upper arch space in 3 dimensions leading to an increase in the size of the nasal cavity. As the upper arch widens, the lower jaw is moved forward to a more natural position.This pulls the tongue and soft tissues to increase the size of the airway and improve a patient’s breathing ability.

Ideal candidates want to straighten and aesthetically develop the alignment of the teeth and dental arches, treat TMJ disorders or treat the airway space without having surgery. Patients that want to reduce or eliminate snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are also good candidates.

The typical cost for this treatment ranges from $1800-$3000. This covers the cost for the DNA appliance, follow-up visits, adjustments and modifications. The final cost varies by whether or not the patient has health insurance that can cover part of the cost and the geographic location of the procedure.

The procedure reshapes the jaw and airway to get rid of sleep apnea. There is no recovery time required. Once the DNA appliance is in place, there is minimal irritation and discomfort. It can be removed to eat, drink, brush or floss. Monthly check-ups are necessary to monitor the progress of the treatment. For optimal results, the appliance should be worn for 10-16 hours a day for 8-12 months. The results from the treatment can be permanent.

Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

submitted on   Tue Jan, 26, 2016 by Kevin Brown, DDS     
A dental bridge uses a fixed prosthetic device to address missing teeth. The device is called a dental bridge because it bridges a gap between one or more missing teeth. The process uses the adjacent teeth to support the bridge/artificial teeth located in-between the natural teeth. The...