Airway Health Dentistry & Sleep Apnea
What is Airway Health Dentistry & Sleep Apnea?
Airway health dentistry is focused on improving breathing in conjunction with oral health. In many cases, the way that your teeth are positioned and your bite can affect the upper airway. This may result in conditions that can prevent you from breathing fully, especially during the night. Sleep apnea is one of the most common breathing conditions that results in short cessations of breathing while sleeping.
Why is Airway Health Dentistry needed?
Airway health dentistry focusing on finding the root cause of your breathing problems and correcting them using a variety of methods. For sleep apnea and other breathing difficulties, correcting bite and malocclusion problems can have a serious impact on the way that you breathe. Oral devices that can be worn at night to open up the upper airway are effective at reducing symptoms associated with sleep apnea. To determine if you’re a good candidate for airway health dentistry as well as subsequent treatment, you’ll need an exam and consultation.
What makes you a good candidate for Airway Health Dentistry?
For patients with sleep apnea and other breathing conditions, airway health dentistry is incredibly effective and can restore order to your overall health and wellness. Both adult and pediatric patients can benefit from airway health dentistry because of how effective it can be at improving symptoms of breathing conditions and sleep apnea. You’ll begin the process of finding treatment with a consultation and exam, which allows us to check for oral health conditions which may have an impact on your ability to breathe properly.
What happens during treatment of Sleep Apnea and other Airway Health problems?
You will first come in and have an examination and consultation with Dr. Lori Logan. Dr. Lori Logan will examine your bite and other oral conditions that may be affecting your breathing. With the help of an exam, we can create a personalized treatment plan specific to your needs. In many cases, an oral device that can be worn at night can help to improve breathing and put an end to sleep apnea symptoms. Other types of treatments involve correcting missing dentition and bite, which may be causing the jaw to be too far forward or back and interfering with natural breathing patterns.
If you have sleep apnea or other airway health problems, call our office today and our helpful staff members will work to get you in for a conveniently scheduled appointment.