AIRWAY so important?
People with untreated sleep apnea (either because they don’t know they have it or they choose not to treat it):
are more likely to have a heart attack (Sleep Health Heart Study results, 2001, American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine)
have a 2 to 3 times higher risk for having a stroke (Sleep Health Heart Study results, 2010, American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine)
face more than 3 times the risk of premature death (18 year follow-up of the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort, 2008, Sleep)
In addition, people who’ve had sleep apnea for up to 5 years have a 30 percent increase in their risk for having a heart attack or dying, according to research conducted at Yale University.
Let's Talk About Airway...
"What is Constricted/Obstructed Airway? Why should I care about it?"
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep.
The "apnea" in sleep apnea refers to a breathing pause that lasts at least ten seconds. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open, despite efforts to breathe.
Obstructive sleep apnea, or simply sleep apnea, can cause fragmented sleep and low blood oxygen levels. For people with sleep apnea, the combination of disturbed sleep and oxygen starvation may lead to hypertension, heart disease and mood and memory problems.
"What causes Constricted/Obstructed Airway? Do you only have this as an adult?"
There are many factors that may contribute to an Obstructed Airway. Many for adults involve age, race/ethnicity, lifestyle (overweight, alcohol consumption), genetics, small upper airway; large tongue, tonsils, or uvula; recessed chin; small jaw or a large overbite. With children the same risks apply! If Dr. Ting observes signs of a present or future constricted/obstructed airway, particular Orthodontic treatments will be suggested, such as the Maxillary Skeletal Expander. In addition, Dr. Ting is one of the world’s leading experts on Maxillary Skeletal Expander(skeletal expansion on the upper jaw), perhaps one of the most experienced Orthodontists in that treatment.
Below are videos from the mother's of patients who saw the benefits of Airway Orthodontic Treatment.
Signs there may be an airway issue:
Sleep Apnea or Poor Sleep
Hard time focusing (ADHD)
Trouble breathing through nose (mouth breathing)
What Functional Orthodontics Improves:
Jaw Function (TMJ)
Correct Bite Centric Relation
Can correct in advance unlike conventional Orthodontist