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DrTonySoileau

DrTonySoileau
Joined Sep 2016
DrTonySoileau
Joined Sep 2016

Yeah it does happen. Having the top and bottom parts connected is one down side to the Narval. Not saying its a bad appliance. I make a lot of them. Very thin and light. Cant break them. Good fit. But you are connected. Two ways of looking at fixing this problem your having. Change the appliance set up or change your breathing set up.

Lets start with breathing because that's your best option. You should be breathing through your nose and not your mouth when you breath IN. The nose cleans, warms, and humidifies the air. Breathing through your mouth skips this very important step. To get the most oxygen to transfer from the air and into your blood through your lung tissue the air must be warm, humid, and clean! Breathing in through you mouth works, but its OK air and not the GREAT air. I would have an ENT take a look at your nose to see how much air actually goes through. I am not talking about mucus, snot, and sinuses. I am talking about the size of air space through your nose. If the space is constricted and can be widened with antihistamines, steroids, or simple surgery then this is your best option. Even if the appliance fits great its still good to have your nose checked. If you breath through your nose you will not keep your mouth open or at least not as much.

To change the appliance set up you don't have many options with the Narval once its made. You can try putting longer bars to allow your jaw to stay in it longer. That is pretty much your only option with the Narval. The second best option would be to get into a different appliance. In my office if the an appliance is not working you give it back to me and I make you a different type. I don't charge patient or insurance twice. Please keep in mind that is my office policy and may not be your dentist's policy.

Hope this helps at least get you moving in the right direction. Please respond back if I can help some more.

Dr Tony