Sleep apnea is a dangerous disorder that interferes with healthy breathing patterns during sleep. It is characterized by loud snoring, often affecting the sleep quality of bed partners. It can put a strain on relationships, cause daytime fatigue, and lead to secondary conditions like depression. Severe cases can be life threatening.
Early orthodontic intervention can prevent sleep apnea later in life by correcting jaw discrepancies that constrict the airway. Orthodontic appliances designed to open the airway are also available for adults experiencing sleep apnea.