Did You See This Story In The News?
All of our patients, like you, come to our office because you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or temporomandibular joint disorder and are desperately in need of a treatment that will not only improve their symptoms but also their quality of life. While we use certain appliances to help our patients, there are many more that are used by other practices. One such appliance has recently made it into the news for the oral health complications it can cause its users. Continue reading to learn more about the article and the appliance that is causing the trouble.
Harmful Oral Appliance Article
There is a recent news story that has been released by CBS News that goes in depth to report about claims against a certain oral appliance that has been used for many years to improve jaw placement and help with conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorder. This report has found many lawsuits that claim the appliance is not moving the jaw as it is designed, but rather is moving the teeth so far out of placement that surgery is needed to repair the teeth and the jaw. Patients who use this treatment are experiencing symptoms much worse than their original problem.
Click here to read the article and watch the news story: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/agga-dental-device-lawsuits-teeth-damage/
Our Treatment Plans
We want to reassure you that no treatment that we provide or recommend to patients will ever move your teeth or change your bite. We do provide patients with oral appliances, but they are not used in the same way as the one in this article. We are sharing this information in hopes that you will share it with friends or a loved one so they do not use the appliance mentioned. If you know someone who is in need of treatment, be sure to share our information, as we are always accepting new patients and would love to assist them.
We just want to reiterate that we do not provide any appliances that are designed to move your teeth or change your bite. If you have any questions or concerns about your treatment plan, be sure to contact our office, which is located in Auburn & Silverdale, WA. We are happy to help!