AM Aligner: Your Go-to Morning Tool

One of the most common known side effects of oral appliance therapy is morning malocclusion, or temporary morning bite change. Dr. Keith Thornton developed the first repositioners for oral appliances for sleep apnea in 1994. At that time, he observed some orthodontic and orthopedic movement of the teeth and jaws. Dr. Thornton reported on this in a paper published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1996. The initial repositioners were bite tabs made from football mouthguard material. Since then, Airway Management, Inc., has developed numerous ones including the present AM Aligner™.

Nasal Breathing to Improve Oral Device Success

“Doc, I’m still snoring.” “My mouth is so dry I’m not able to use my device.” These are common signs your patient is A) not happy with therapy and B) not breathing solely through their nose. I am a nose geek, fascinated by the layers of physiologic support provided by what most people think about […]

The Basics of Breathing Problems During Sleep

By now, you’ve heard of sleep apnea.  Snoring is something you’ve known in yourself or your family.  Do these breathing issues represent anything serious?  How can this be a big problem that needs an urgent solution? While you are reading this, negative pressure in your chest draws air through your throat and your nose so […]

Correcting Temporary Morning Bite Change

One of the most common known side effects of oral appliance therapy is morning malocclusion, or temporary morning bite change. Dr. Keith Thornton developed the first repositioners for oral appliances for sleep apnea in 1994. At that time, he observed some orthodontic and orthopedic movement of the teeth and jaws. Dr. Thornton reported on this in a paper published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1996. The initial repositioners were bite tabs made from football mouthguard material. Since then, Airway Management, Inc., has developed numerous ones including the present AM Aligner™.