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Airway Focused Dentistry

The function (or dysfunction) of your airway can play a huge role in your overall health and the quality of your sleep. Airway focused dentistry is at the forefront of total body wellness, and it addresses issues in both adults and children. You may not even be aware of your own airway issues, but you can still suffer the consequences of them.

It is important to breathe through your nose instead of your mouth. Nasal breathing filters the air we breathe and it facilitates inhalation of nitric oxide, which increases circulating blood oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, slows the breathing rate, and improves overall lung volumes. Improving how you breathe can significantly improve your health and life.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of healthcare professionals are unaware of the negative impact of airway issues. For example, upper airway obstruction (mouth breathing) affects facial growth in children, and it has an effect on overall physiological and psychological health in both children and adults.

Some patients with airway issues come to us already knowing that they have obvious breathing and health issues. Surprisingly though, people with airway issues are sometimes “the picture of health” when it comes to weight and fitness level. If you have airway issues, you may find yourself suffering from any of the following common symptoms and co-existing health issues:

Mouth breathing

Snoring

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS)

Fatigue

Brain fog and daytime drowsiness

Frequent Awakening throughout the night

Insomnia

Anxiety, depression, and ADHD

Teeth grinding and clenching

Unexplained broken crowns or fractured teeth/tooth pain

Forward head posture

Headaches

Face, neck, shoulder, and joint pain

Periodontal (gum) disease

Upper respiratory infections and chronic sinus infections

Allergies

Hypertension

Hypothyroidism

Cardiovascular disease

Diabetes

Obesity (or weight gain)

With airway focused dentistry, we focus on treating the root cause of the problem. Many therapies to treat airway problems are simple and non-invasive. Recommended treatments may include oral appliances, Myofunctional therapy, nasal hygiene therapy, the treatment of “tongue-tie,”  palatal expansion, orthodontics, and more.

If you would like to be evaluated for airway issues, please call us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve optimum health and wellness.

 

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