AIRWAY PROSTHODONTICS & SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT
Did you know that poor quality sleep can do damage to your mouth and teeth? Compromised airways have a huge impact on many factors of body function. Dentistry has become part of a multidisciplinary approach to treat breathing disorders, including sleep apnea, and help our patients thrive. The videos below can help you learn more.
At Stoneridge Dental we offer CPC Screening to look for airway dysfunction and poor sleep quality. Many times this poor sleep quality is caused by mouth breathing that makes you grind your teeth at night. It can also cause acid damage, TMJ problems, malocclusion and bite issues, decay, periodontal disease, tooth loss, and orthodontic relapse.
Pediatric Restricted Airway
The Seattle Protocol
For patients who suffer from damage to their mouth and teeth from poor sleep quality, the Seattle Protocol is a six-step process that can help you sleep better and improve your oral health and overall health. Tooth grinding and tooth wear is a symptom of poor sleep quality caused by airway dysfunction. The Seattle Protocol allows us to address the cause and find a way to control and resolve the problem.
This is an emerging area of dentistry focused on the airway and effects it has on the stomatognathic system (relating to the jaws and mouth). The medical community is focused on disease and obstructive sleep apnea, while sleep-disturbed breathing is often left untreated. This frequently affects women and children and can result in poor sleep, grinding, TMJ problems, ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, malocclusion, and altered facial skeletal growth.