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Mouth breathing and tongue thrust swallow habits are all symptoms of a much bigger picture – the Airway…nose, mouth, throat, and lungs.


Benefits of a Non-Traditional Sleep Apnea Treatment

There is a shift taking place in the dental world, moving away from treating symptoms, to treating the root cause of chronic dental disease. The mouth-body connection is becoming mainstream. The mouth provides clues to our overall health and wellness. Dental professionals who understand the “Airway” perspective are screening patients for sleep apnea. Gone is the stereotypical image of the “middle-aged overweight man”. We now have research indicating children with ADD/ADHD symptoms may be at risk for pediatric sleep apnea. Additionally, “fit females”, struggling with sleep may have a condition known as Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS), a precursor to sleep apnea.

During a comprehensive consultation we dive deep into health history, complete a thorough assessment of mouth and tongue function, and discover why teeth become crooked. It all comes down to how we breathe!

To learn more about “Airway Health” and how it relates to getting that perfect smile, check out the following book recommendations:

  • Tongue Tied - by Dr. Richard Baxter

  • The Oxygen Advantage - by Patrick McKeown

  • GASP: Airway Health, The Hidden Path to Wellness - by Dr. Michael Gelb and Dr. Howard Hindin

  • Breath – by James Nestor

  • Sleep Wrecked Kids – by Sharon Moore

Shelly Azevedo BSDH, MS, AOMT-C 
Certified Myofunctional Therapist

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