Did you know that improper breathing affects your mood, your sleeping habits, and your general daily life? Did you know that your dentist does more than check your teeth and gums? He can also assess your airway to ensure you are breathing properly. Airway dentistry addresses and treats common problems such as bruxism, tongue tie, poor sleep quality, sleep apnea, and more. Dastrup Dental offers airway dentistry in Davidson to help adults and children breathe more freely.
Obstructed Airways in Children and Adults
Adults and children are susceptible to obstructed airways and breathing problems. Up until now, the common practice has been to treat adults with CPAP machines and to let children “outgrow” the problem.
What is an Obstructed Airway?
By definition, an obstructed airway blocks respiration in the airway. The blockage may occur in any part of the airway from the nose and mouth to the lungs. An upper airway obstruction occurs somewhere from the nose and lips to the larynx. A lower airway obstruction occurs between the larynx and the passageways of the lungs.
The airway can be completely or partially blocked. Blockages occur for a number of reasons including:
- Foreign object
- Allergic reaction
- Trauma to the airway
- Vocal cord problems
- Infection or illness
- Swelling of the tongue
- Abscess in the throat or tonsils
- Collapse of the tracheal wall
Effects of an Obstructed Airway
Breathing is obviously crucial to human life. Breathing through the nose is ideal. For children, nasal breathing aids in the development of the upper airway and its structures. Mouth breathing can result in enlarged tonsils and adenoids, bruxism, disorders of the jaw joint, erosion of the teeth, periodontal disease, cavities, and more. Aside from dental implications, an obstructed airway can also cause headaches, problems sleeping, snoring, and pain in the jaw, ear, or neck.
Sleep Disordered Breathing
Sleep-disordered breathing is a syndrome of upper airway dysfunction during sleep. Snoring is a common sign of a breathing problem. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common sleep-disordered breathing condition.
Signs of Breathing Issues or a Blocked Airway
Snoring is common when you have a cold. However, this is occasional. Chronic snoring is a sign of a problem. Other signs of sleep disordered breathing include:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Pauses in breathing
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening
- Mouth breathing
- Problems paying attention or focusing
- Memory problems
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Treatment for Obstructed Airways
Dentists play a role in the multidisciplinary care of patients with sleep-related breathing disorders. Since they are regularly assessing the oral cavity, dentists are in the ideal position to check the airway for signs of a breathing problem. With children, dentists may notice early factors impacting craniofacial growth and development. Dentists may work in conjunction with other physicians to utilize the best methods in treating obstructed airways. Treatments may include oral appliances, CPAP machines, or surgery.
Dr. Dastrup Offers Airway Dentistry in Davidson!
Airway dentistry is available at Dastrup Dental! Treatments are designed to open the airway to help adults and children breathe freely and sleep soundly. Dr. Dastrup offers a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment option for patients of all ages.