A restricted airway limits our body's access to our most needed element: Oxigen - especially during sleep.
Science is just starting to learn the important biological processes that occur during healthy sleep.
Proper, healthy sleep is essential for your mind and body to recharge and restore.
Sleep deprivation can negatively impact every cell and organ system in the body.
What happens when we don't sleep properly?
There are some symptoms and chronic health conditions connected to chronic sleep deprivation:
The leading cause of interrupted sleep
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
People suffering from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea
Percentage of people unaware of having obstructive sleep apnea
Why are airway disorders so common nowadays?
Studies show that our modern lifestyle is a big factor. Short breastfeeding period, soft foods diet, tongue and lip ties - these are just a few components that can lead to underdeveloped jaws and narrow palates - which in turn affects our airway and our breathing and sleep patterns.
Orthodontic treatments that extract teeth to create space (reducing the jaw arc) are also a common cause of airway and breathing problems.
Today more than 80% of adults had an orthopedic intervention to correct crooked or crowded teeth and a large majority have had their wisdom teeth extracted because their jaws fail to proper develop.
Not the new normal
Popping and clicking of the jaw joints
TMJ related pain
snoring and/or waking up gasping for air
teeth grinding and/or jaw clenching (bruxism)
These are not normal and should never occur.
Most of them are signs that your body is struggling and fighting to get the air it needs.
We do not endorse traditional orthodontic techniques that include the extraction and/or retraction of permanent teeth.
It may align your teeth, but also reduces your jaw arc, possibly narrowing the airway.
There are many orthodontic techniques that create enough room for all permanent teeth while aligning them.
Previous orthodontic treatments that include extraction and/or retraction of permanent teeth can be reversed.
treatment selection second
Every person is unique, and achieving a healthy airway and proper facial development is more important than the tool to get there.
Dr. Inoue-Cheng does not believe in a silver bullet solution, and that's why she became certified in several different treatments for airway disorders.
These are some of the treatment options we offer:
We also offer NightLase - a non-invasive, fast, safe and patient-friendly therapy that lessens the effects of sleep apnea and decreases the amplitude of snoring.
No need for anesthesia
Lasts for up to a year
Can be repeated as needed
No appliance needed
We work hand in hand with Sleep Doctors, Myofunctional Therapists, ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Specialists, Chiropractors, and other medical specialists to provide an interdisciplinary approach to your treatment.
Treat early when possible.
Improper development of the face and jaws can lead to breathing disorders such as snoring and pediatric obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Treating early (as young as 4 years old) allows us to guide the face and jaw development during these critical years of rapid growth while aligning their teeth.
Allowing your children to breathe properly helps them to achieve their full genetic physical and mental potential.
Mouth breathing, snoring, bedwetting, night terrors, ADHD symptoms, crooked teeth, overbite/crossbite are some of the signs that your child might have an airway disorder.