When you’re suffering from sleep apnea, your breathing has become irregular, causing you to stop breathing for short periods of time during the night. If this sounds like you, you’ve probably heard about using the Nance Appliance to help relieve symptoms of sleep apnea by moving your jaw forward and keeping it open so air can flow freely while you sleep. However, many people don’t know what the Nance Appliance actually is or when they should use it. Here are some facts about this appliance that may be helpful to you.
If you have a gap between your upper and lower teeth in front but your bite feels good overall, then you might need a Nance appliance. The purpose of using a Nance appliance is to push or pull teeth into better alignment so that you end up with no gaps at all. It’s important to note that a Nance appliance should not be used as a substitute for braces. It’s also important to note that there are two different types of Nance appliances: fixed and removable. A fixed appliance is cemented onto your teeth while a removable one can be taken out for cleaning and eating purposes.
How does this work?
This unusual contraption looks a bit like a medieval torture device, but actually serves a very specific purpose. The Nance appliance helps preserve mouth positioning after orthodontic treatment by limiting jaw excursion during sleep. It works with custom-made boil-and-bite retainer trays that hold and stabilize your teeth in place as you sleep. Your dentist will help you get started with these appliances, which must be worn regularly (at least six hours each night) for at least two weeks after your treatment is complete. The best part? You can eat, drink, talk, or brush your teeth while wearing them. If they don’t feel uncomfortable or inconvenient, you won’t have any trouble following their instructions. And if you do follow them, you may find yourself waking up with straighter teeth than ever before!
Who should consider using it?
If you have protruding ears, then you should consider using a Nance Appliance. The purpose of a Nance appliance is to fill out facial features by pulling in your ear. If your protruding ears are caused by Crohn’s disease or obesity, then you will not be a good candidate for a Nance device because both conditions affect soft tissue in different ways. If you have undergone bariatric surgery, then also be aware that Nances are typically not used after weight loss surgery as tissue from where skin has been removed cannot support an external compression device such as a Nance. For most patients considering having their protruding ears corrected with an external compression device like a retainer, they may be best off undergoing an otoplasty.
Where can you find further resources on the nance appliance?
To find out more information about nance appliance, you can do a simple google search. You will be directed to many different websites that have similar articles of what a nance appliance is. If you want more specific results you can do a search on PubMed as well. As there are tons of studies that have been done on prosthetics and how they relate to children with disabilities or trauma in some way. For example one study we found was Comparison between functional elbow units in children with proximal-type upper limb deficiency: A prospective randomized study. This study was published in 2012 by Rengs et al and looked at how two different prosthetic elbow joints affected body image and functions. The first group used a passive prosthesis which had less functionality than the second group who used an active prosthesis.
The study concluded that if an active prosthesis is used then it has greater functionality and better body image than if passive prothetics were used. Another great resource for finding information on nance appliances would be through emailing people who work in physical therapy or occupational therapy fields. These people may not know specifically what a nance appliance is but they could. Give you ideas of where to look for more resources or tell you if they have heard anything about them before.
Questions to ask your dentist
Here are some important questions you should ask your dentist. Before deciding if a Nance appliance would be right for you. Asking these questions will help your dentist determine. Whether or not a Nance appliance is a viable treatment option for you. In most cases, these same questions can also be asked during follow-up visits as well. Make sure to speak with your dental professional about. Any concerns or questions you may have about using a Nance device as well. Dental professionals are always happy to answer patient’s questions and concerns!
However, sometimes dental professionals may not completely understand. What exactly a patient has read or heard from. Another source that could potentially confuse things. So make sure to ask them directly so there isn’t any confusion or misinformation! 1) How long does a Nance Device need to be worn? It depends on how severe your bruxism is, but in general. Most patients wear their device anywhere between 4 months up to 2 years. The average length of time being worn is around 18 months though.
In some extreme cases where patients don’t respond well to wearing their device. They might need to continue wearing it even longer than 2 years!
2) Will I feel anything while wearing my Nance Device? Patients often feel soreness at first while getting used to wearing their new orthodontic appliances. This usually goes away after 1-2 weeks though as patients get used. To wearing their devices more frequently throughout each day.