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.[Read more…]
How Does Your Dentist Treat Airway Obstruction Issues?
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.[Read more…]
Myofunctional Therapy: Having a Trainer for your Face & Tongue
Your oral health is about much more than straight or sparkling teeth. Our office has now begun incorporating orofacial myofunctional therapy and training into our services. In simpler terms, we can act as a personal exercise trainer for your face, tongue, lips and breathing muscles, treating issues such as temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ), obstructive sleep apnea, incorrect swallowing, tongue postures and more with non-invasive techniques.
All of these disorders can cause improper facial development, issues with chewing, swallowing and speech, and eventually lead to dental and orthodontic problems, such as misaligned teeth, gum disease, and tooth grinding. Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDS) such as tongue tie and mouth breathing, are also highly correlated with sleep breathing issues such as snoring and sleep apnea. A program of targeted myofunctional exercises can avert or prevent permanent damage, particularly in the developing child.[Read more…]