Mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea is often the result of underdeveloped upper and lower jaws. Today more than 80% of adults have orthodontic intervention to correct crooked or crowded teeth and a large majority have had their wisdom teeth extracted because their jaws fail to properly develop.
Epigenetics is the study of how your behaviors and environment can cause changes that affect the way your genes work. Unlike genetic changes, epigenetic changes are reversible.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a craniofacial problem. Dental crowding by definition means that your upper and lower jaws are underdeveloped. This creates less total volume inside your mouth, leading to overcrowding of your tongue.
A program which is an integral part of Airway dentistry that is used to correct the improper function of the tongue and facial muscles. It involves strengthening of the tongue and orofacial muscles by teaching individuals how to engage the muscles to the appropriate position.
A healthy airway is the foundation for optimal health at any age and is the foundation for orthodontic treatment. With Airway dentistry we can achieve,
Shwetha Rodrigues DDS is a dentist in Chester, VA.
70-80% of patients have some sort of airway distress and may present as mild snoring or sleep disordered breathing to sleep apnea.
Her advanced training in Airway, Sleep, and TMJ gives her the ability to understand and treat the root cause of your most common dental concerns. This whole health, or systemic, approach not only saves you from needing more costly dental and ortho work down the road, but gives you a foundation for long term overall health.