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How Airway Centered Dentistry Can Improve Your Breathing
Airway centered dentistry focuses on ways to improve your breathing. Breathing feeds your body with the oxygen that it needs to function properly. However, millions of people have airway deficiencies that restrict their ability to draw oxygen.
How airway centered dentistry tackles disordered breathing
People are more likely to have breathing issues while they sleep. About 23 million people in the U.S. deal with some sort of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) related issues, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Most of these cases are never diagnosed, even though they significantly impact the way that people live their lives.
The body cannot function optimally when it is not getting the oxygen that it needs to power all of its functions. Signs and symptoms that a person has SDB and can benefit from airway centered dentistry include:
- Breathing with the mouth
- Teeth clenching and grinding
- Broken, cracked, or damaged teeth
- Daytime drowsiness and fatigue
- Brain fog
- Weight gain
SDBs can also lead to serious health issues like:
- Memory loss
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Gum disease
- Respiratory infections
If left untreated, disordered breathing gets worse as time passes, and it can have life-threatening consequences. Fortunately, dentists have multiple ways to go about freeing up a patient’s airways so they can breathe properly.
Airway centered dentistry provides a non-invasive approach to improving a patient’s breathing. Proper breathing involves using only the nose to breathe silently and freely, even while sleeping. Defects in a person’s airways restrict their breathing, and this is often a result of poorly developed structures in the patient’s airway, face, temporomandibular joints, jaw, or teeth.
Underdeveloped facial structures can lead to a person’s mouth being too small to contain their tongue. This leads to restrictions in the person’s upper airways as their tongue falls back into their throat while they sleep. This breaks up the flow of air to the person’s lungs, and it can interrupt deep sleep.
Airway dentistry focuses on addressing the root cause of a person’s breathing issues. It often involves using a custom dental appliance that keeps the patient’s tongue and jaw in the proper position while they sleep, opening up their airway.
These dental appliances are worn before going to bed and they have been proven to be an effective way to treat breathing disorders. The appliance also restructures bones in the patient’s face and mouth, encouraging them to grow in a way that leads to improved breathing.
Treatment starts with the dentist evaluating the patient’s mouth to determine what type of appliance works best for them. An impression of their mouth is also taken and used to make their custom appliance.
Restore your breathing
Not being able to breathe properly can reduce your quality of life and leave you feeling fatigued as soon as you get up in the morning. Call or visit our Chester clinic to set up an appointment with our dentist.
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