Airway Function Dentistry in Red Bank
Let our dentists at Office Name help you breathe and sleep better.
The way we breathe affects every aspect of our lives – how we look, feel, and sleep. If you or someone you love has disordered breathing caused by a unique craniofacial structure, then we can help diagnose and treat the problem.
Many breathing disorders are most pronounced during sleep, with symptoms including mouth breathing, snoring, teeth grinding, unexplained chips in teeth or crowns, headaches, face and neck pain, drowsiness, and more.
Risks of untreated breathing disorders include:
Breathing disorders can worsen with time, but our dentist can help restore proper breathing in some instances with airway function dentistry.
If your mouth structure affects your breathing, then we may be able to help.
The cause of some breathing problems can be diagnosed and treated by a dentist. This includes breathing disorders caused by the face’s shape, including the teeth and jaw, which may lead to a blocked passageway at night when the mouth is relaxed.
The structure of the palate can affect breathing and sleeping, and the sooner treatment is started with our dentist in Office Name in Red Bank, the sooner you can feel like yourself again.
We’ll meet for an initial consultation to discuss your sleeping and breathing patterns along with medical history and risk factors. The dentist will also perform a dental scan and exam.
To help treat airway obstruction and improve airway function during sleep, we start with minimally invasive treatments. These can include a custom oral appliance to position the mouth for better breathing at night or a dental appliance to expand the jaw and arch. More invasive options may include orthodontics.
Follow the recommended instructions, and together we’ll monitor your progress to improve airway function and sleeping.
Don’t settle for living with interrupted sleep. We may have a safe and effective solution for you.
What is airway dentistry?
Airway dentistry is an innovative field of dentistry that studies and treats how the face and mouth structure affects breathing.
The jaw alignment, jaw structure, and teeth alignment contribute to the shape of your mouth and may be affecting your breathing – especially at night when your body is relaxed.
If you or your loved one (child or adult) exhibits signs of troubled sleep due to breathing patterns, then please contact our dentist in Red Bank for a consultation.
What are the functions of the upper respiratory system?
The functions of the upper respiratory system include a way for air to be breathed in and out while the air is filtered and warmed. In addition to breathing, it plays a role in how we speak, swallow, and cough.
During sleep, there may be airway resistance when there’s tissue collapse in the upper airway, leading to sleep disorders and even obstructive sleep apnea. Your dentist can help diagnose and treat this problem with airway-centered dentistry and non-invasive treatment.
Does mouth breathing affect teeth?
Yes, mouth breathing affects teeth.
In children, open mouth breathing can affect the way the teeth and face form. While in adults, mouth breathing can affect the natural bacteria and lead to bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Do dentists treat sleep apnea?
Yes, dentists help treat sleep apnea with a custom oral appliance for better breathing at night. It’s an alternative to a CPAP machine that’s more comfortable and quiet.
If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, please contact our dentist at Office Name for a consultation.
How much do dental devices for sleep apnea cost?
Dental devices for sleep apnea are custom made, and the prices vary.
Contact us for a cost estimate and see if your insurance provides coverage for sleep apnea treatment at the dentist.