Airway Centered DentistryPhiladelphia, PA
Airway centered dentistry focuses on the relationship between the structures of the airway, the functions of the musculature, the integrity of the airway and the quality of breathing. This type of treatment is focused on reducing airway collapse during sleep. Though airway centered dentistry may be new to you, it is not to our patients. Sleep disorder awareness has been on the rise and can happen both to pediatric and adult patients.
A dentists’ involvement in airway centered dentistry is crucial because few other medical professionals specialize in mouth care or have similar access to at-risk patients. Many airway issues are related to oral and surrounding structures.
An airway-centered dentists are trained to better understand and treat their patients’ health needs because they are knowledgeable about airway medicine and its related health concerns, thus providing a higher quality of service to their patients. Collaborating with other like-minded providers can be of great service to our patients because it will help improve their quality of life.
The treatments available through airway centered dentistry are wide ranging depending upon the severity, level of invasiveness, length of treatment, and cost. With our expertise and service, patients will be able to select the option that is right for them. Knowing something about airway dentistry can help us and our patients in ways they may never have anticipated.
For the many patients who suffer from airway complications, help doesn’t have to remain inaccessible. Identifying and collaboration with other providers are the keys.
Q. What is the difference between sleep apnea and other sleep disorders?
Q. What are the signs of sleep apnea?
Q. How can I manage my sleep apnea?
People Also Ask
Q. What does the dentist look for in a dental examination?
Q. Who is the right patient for a dental restoration?
Q. What additional treatments are available at a general dentist?
Treating Sleep Apnea
Luckily, there are many different ways to treat sleep apnea including oral appliances. Patients who are good candidates for oral appliances must have impressions of their teeth and return for a fitting during a later appointment. It may be necessary for patients to have another sleep test while wearing the device to ensure its efficacy. Further office visits may be required to make adjustments. These devices are unobtrusive and easy to travel with, as they do not require any electricity.
Other options include continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machines and surgery. These are more involved treatments that may benefit those with more severe cases of sleep apnea. Presidential Dental can help patients determine which treatment is right for them.
“Presidential Dental can help patients determine which treatment is right for them.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can I still travel if I have sleep apnea?
A. Yes, you can still travel safely with sleep apnea. For best results, you should take your CPAP machine and other dental appliances with you—particularly on any trips that will take longer than one or two days.
Q. Are there any risks associated with untreated sleep apnea?
A. There is a direct correlation between sleep apnea and other health issues, like high blood pressure. Constantly waking up in the middle of the night puts stress on your body, causing the hormone systems to work overtime and increase blood pressure. The low oxygen and stress associated with sleep apnea are also related to heart disease.
Q. Is snoring always a sign of sleep apnea?
A. No. Snoring is very common. However, snoring that wakes you up in the middle of the night can be a sign of sleep apnea. Snoring associated with sleep apnea also tends to be deeper, louder, and more consistent. It may also be interrupted with gasps, choking, or pauses. Patients should see a doctor if they experience a combination of any of these symptoms.
Q. How common is sleep apnea?
A. The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that over 20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Furthermore, they estimate that as much as 80 percent of moderate and severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea are undiagnosed.
Q. Can sleep apnea be cured?
A. Unfortunately, no. However, there are many different ways you can minimize and manage the symptoms of sleep apnea.
Quality Dental Services Can Transform Your Smile
By visiting us as soon as possible, our team can help get you the professional treatment you need. Instead of waiting around and allowing the symptoms to get worse, we can provide you with treatment options.
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite.
- Dental Caries
- Dental caries are also known as cavities and result from a lack of proper oral hygiene leaving plaque that forms tiny holes in the teeth.
- Dental Filling
- A dental filling involves restoring the structure of the tooth by using metal, alloy, porcelain or plastic to fill the tooth.
- Dental Sealants
- Dental sealants contain a resinous material that we apply to the chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth to prevent dental caries.
- Gingivitis is the inflammation of gum tissue that results from plaque, other infections in the mouth and poor oral hygiene.
Learn More Today
Treating sleep apnea can improve your overall dental health and quality of life. We at Presidential Dental may be able to help. Call us today at (215) 770-6489 to schedule an appointment and learn more.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Clinical Terms. 2022
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2022
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2022
About our business and website security
- Presidential Dental was established in 2009.
- We accept the following payment methods: Cash, Check, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa
- We serve patients from the following counties: Philadelphia County and Montgomery County
- We serve patients from the following cities: Philadelphia, Bala Cynwyd, Ardmore, Wynnewood, Narberth, Merion Station, Penn Wynne, Manayunk, Penn Valley, and East Falls
- Norton Safe Web. View Details
- Trend Micro Site Safety Center. View Details
What You Should Know About TMJ Disorders
TMJ disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorders, refers to a group of issues related to mobility and discomfort around the jaw joints. The temporomandibular joints are the joints that link the lower jawbone (mandible) to the skull. More than any other joint in the body, these flexible joints are constantly in use, performing actions such as…
Are You Brushing Your Teeth The Right Way?
Brushing your teeth is one of the easiest and most effective things you can do to keep them healthy. It is an important part of your hygiene routine. It can be the difference between having a bright smile you can be proud of or ugly looking teeth you are reluctant to display.Simply brushing teeth every…
A Smile Makeover Can Improve Discolored Teeth
Dental staining can go away with a smile makeover. Your teeth are among the first things people see. That is why correcting any blemish is important. The correct treatments can rejuvenate your teeth. If you want to know how a smile makeover can brighten your discolored teeth, here are the details.Regular in-office teeth-whitening treatments cannot…
Ask An Implant Dentist: What's The Difference Between Natural Teeth And Implants?
If you are looking to get an implant restoration from an implant dentist, one of the questions you might have is how the option differs from your natural teeth. Dental implants have been touted as the most reliable and natural-looking option available for replacing missing teeth. The restoration comes with an artificial tooth root that…
What Happens During A Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Has your general dentist told you that you need a full mouth reconstruction to restore your teeth and smile? This is an important procedure for your health and the aesthetics of your teeth. You will likely go into your procedure with some questions and concerns. It is helpful to understand what will take place at…