Airway-Centered Dentistry for Adults

Symptoms & Treatments

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Breath is vital to physical and oral health. When the airway is allowed to develop improperly in childhood, it causes health problems in adulthood, affecting every aspect of a person’s life:

  • Sleep:

    Poor airway development is linked to obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, restless sleep, sleepwalking and talking, leg cramps, restless leg syndrome, insomnia, disordered breathing, and sleep disturbances

  • Oral Health:

    Airway issues lead to poor oral health, promoting tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, crowded teeth, overbite/underbite, speech problems, teeth grinding and clenching, and narrow dental arches

  • Brain Health:

    Poor sleep quality due to an obstructed airway can lead to daytime fatigue, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, depression, and anxiety and is linked to learning disabilities and cognitive impairment

  • Physical Health:

    Countless diseases are linked to poor airway development, including AFib, type II diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity, allergies, TMD, digestive problems, acid reflux, asthma, allergies, chronic headaches, and recurring respiratory infections.

Airway Therapy at Dr. Ian Gray Dental Group

Dr. Ian Gray is an expert in myofunctional therapy, which includes any orthodontic treatment that targets muscle function. Myofunctional therapy promotes healthy jaw, facial, and airway development, with the aim of improving oral and overall health.

At Dr. Ian Gray Dental Group, we use Myobrace® and VIVOS oral appliances in combination with orthodontics, including braces, to improve airway and jaw health in our adult patients.

Treatment normally involves a series of oral appliances that need to be worn overnight and 1-2 hours a day to:

  • Widen and align the jaws
  • Optimize facial proportions
  • Open up the airway
  • Encourage nose breathing over mouth breathing
  • Straighten misaligned teeth
  • Correct bite issues
  • Promote healthy chewing and swallowing
  • Correct resting tongue position
  • Improve long-term oral and overall health

What to Expect

Myofunctional treatment typically starts by correcting poor oral health habits, including mouth breathing, improper tongue position, thumb sucking, and incorrect swallowing. We use different intraoral appliances in several stages to correct the causes of airway development problems.

Treatment can begin as young as 4 years old. Older children and young teens are also eligible for treatment, but it usually requires extra time to achieve optimal outcomes. As with any orthodontic treatment, compliance is the key to success!

Health Benefits of Myofunctional Therapy

With a properly developed airway, issues like recurring sinus infections, upper respiratory problems, snoring, sleep apnea, chronic allergies, and asthma become less severe or go away altogether. Myofunctional therapy also promotes good dietary and oral habits, allowing children to grow and develop to their full potential.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation for your child.

Did you know your nose is a filter?

As Dr. Ian Gray always says, breathing through your nose is healthier for your body than breathing through your mouth. In this video, he explains a little more using a real-world example. Breathing through your nose filters and cleans the air before it enters your lungs. Your mouth does not have any mechanisms to do that.

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Look & Feel Your Best

Not only does myofunctional therapy improve long-term health, but it also has aesthetic effects. After aligning the jaws and correcting bite issues, the chin comes forward, the jawline becomes more defined, and the face becomes more proportionate and symmetrical, creating a more pleasing profile overall.

To learn more about myofunctional therapy for yourself or a loved one, contact our office today to request a consultation.

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