Today is the day you’ve had marked on your calendar and have been looking forward to for weeks. You’re taking time off work to take your son to the dentist, but you secretly see it as a mini-retreat for yourself. While your son is receiving excellent dental care from Dr. Lamberton and his staff, you’ll be taking advantage of the spa-like comforts of the office.
A poor bite, missing teeth, misaligned jaw, and other dental abnormalities can cause breathing problems. Depending on your dentist’s diagnosis, the dentist, orthodontist, or oral surgeon can correct them with one of several treatments.
Mandibular Repositioning Device
This device temporarily moves the jawbone forward and opens the airway, especially for patients with sleep apnea; the device is worn during sleep with or without a CPAP machine. You can remove the device after you wake up.
Modern dentistry is moving toward a more functional, “whole health” model that focuses on the connection between your mouth and your entire body.
Dentists are often the first to recognize signs of diabetes or oral cancer and refer patients to their doctors. More recently, dental professionals are examining patients’ mouths for signs of airway obstruction.