Can Dental Extractions Cause Sleep Apnea? [Podcast 57]

Dr. Bill Hang Orthotropics Biobloc

In this episode, I have a discussion with Dr. Bill Hang, one of my original mentors who inspired me to connect the dots between dental crowding and sleep apnea. He will answer the controversial question, “Can traditional orthodontics cause obstructive sleep apnea”? 

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Show Notes

Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired 

Dr. Brian Palmer

Dr. Bill Hang:

Shut Your Mouth and Save Your Lifeby George Catlin

Corruccini book

Esthetic line

Evidence Supports No Relationship between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Premolar Extraction: An Electronic Health Records Review  (promo code: turning point)

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2 thoughts on “Can Dental Extractions Cause Sleep Apnea? [Podcast 57]

  1. Parents and children should be aware that it is ALWAYS possible to find ways to grow enough width and forward space in the arches for all 32 teeth to optimally intercuspate, while optimizing forward tongue space, nasal space, spinal posture, and chewing, which are functional requirements that are priorities over subjective aesthetics. Correct tongue and spinal posturing from birth throughout life is a natural way to ensure this. There are newer orthodontic appliances which can grow more width and forward space for even the most crowded children and adults, so please do your own research to avoid EXTRACTION ORTHODONTICS, which is NOW an OBSOLETE, AVOIDABLE, and therefore, UNETHICAL approach. THE MAIN POINT IS THAT ALL TEETH SERVE NUMEROUS FUNCTIONS SO THEY MUST ALL BE PRESERVED. If extraction orthodontists want to continue extracting, then they will continue to select biased, retrospective studies on extractions and apnea with incomplete, invalid experimental design controls to support their Business Model. There are no studies that demonstrate that extractions are safe for spinal posture or for chewing a healthy diet. There are numerous cases of extractions causing a forward head position, reduced airway, forward head posture with strained necks, and severe chewing inability with a restricted diet-EXTRACTIONS CAN GO HORRIBLY WRONG. As parents, please listen to your children when they say that they want all of their teeth-it is for a reason: they can feel how their tongue, mouth, and teeth are needed just as they can feel how all toes are needed.

  2. IN the study, “Evidence supports no relationship between OSA and extraction”, the Methods section says that they DID NOT view skeletal structure. What if 90% of the extraction cases developed a forward, upward head posture to compensate for a narrowed airway and learned to distort their spine to avoid OSA? And, only 10% maintained correct spinal posture, resulting in their development of OSA ? If the 90% were forced to sleep with correct posture, would they all develop OSA? The OSA incidence from extractions could be closer to 100% when compensation is considered.
    Or, looking at skeletal evidence could prove that extractions cause spinal deformation!
    This study is clearly INCOMPLETE, and it does not reveal the full picture of the skeleton.
    IT IS UNETHICAL and UNSCIENTIFIC TO PASS THIS STUDY OFF AS VALID OR TO EXTRACT BASED UPON IT. Please don’t believe everything the unconscionable ortho industry says. It always safer to preserve all 32 TEETH.