Airway-Centered Dentistry

Breathe…

General Dentistry in Spring Texas

Airway-Centered Dentistry

Breathe…

Airway-Centered Dentistry

Breathing is the single most important action you do every day.

The air you breathe supplies your body with the oxygen that you need to survive, to thrive, and to function optimally. Millions of people of all ages aren’t breathing well due to airway insufficiencies. Airway insufficiencies cause disordered breathing and result in an inadequate oxygen supply to every cell of your body.

General Dentistry in Spring Texas

The Impact of Disordered Breathing   

Disordered breathing is usually most pronounced during sleep. Approximately 42 million American adults suffer from sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). An alarming 75% of severe SDB cases go undiagnosed.   

Our bodies can’t function properly without enough oxygen. When left untreated, disordered breathing can cause or aggravate a long list of potential symptoms and serious health complaints.  

Common Symptoms

  • Mouth breathing
  • Snoring
  • Teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism)
  • Unexplained broken crowns or fractured teeth/tooth pain
  • Brain fog and daytime drowsiness/chronic fatigue
  • Forward head posture
  • Headaches
  • Face, neck, shoulder, and joint pain
  • Stress
  • Weight gain

 

Common Health Issues

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  • Memory problems
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADD and ADHD
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Upper respiratory infections and chronic sinus infections
  • Hypertension
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity  
  • Chronic pain

Disordered breathing often worsens over time and can become life-threatening. Fortunately, airway insufficiencies can be successfully diagnosed and treated.

 

Restoring Functional Breathing  

Airway-Centered Dentistry is a comprehensive and noninvasive approach to restore functional breathing.

Functional breathing moves freely and silently through the nose, even during sleep. Airway insufficiencies disrupt functional breathing and are often the result of underdeveloped structures in the teeth, jaws, temporomandibular joints (TMJ), face, or airway.

Underdeveloped craniofacial structures can leave the mouth too small to accommodate the tongue, which can cause upper airway blockages during sleep. The tongue collapses against the soft palate, and the soft palate collapses against the throat. This blockage cuts off normal airflow and interrupts deep sleep.

 

Addressing the Root Cause of Disordered Breathing

Airway-Centered Dentistry addresses the root cause of disordered breathing. Using an advanced dental appliance, the jaws and dental arches are gradually expanded to accommodate the tongue, while preventing or reducing airway collapse during sleep.

Your dental appliance is completely removable and customized to meet your unique situation and needs. Worn at night, the dental appliance keeps your airway open as it remodels targeted bones in your mouth, head, and face. The appliance works by activating your natural genetic intelligence and by encouraging the optimal orthopedic development of your mouth and face. As your dental appliance encourages bone growth (not just moving teeth), your results generally provide you with positive, permanent change.  

 

Evaluation and Treatment

Dr. Kassi Klein is passionate about helping her patients experience the life-changing benefits of functional breathing. As a specialist in Airway-Centered Dentistry, Dr. Klein can determine if you would benefit from airway treatment.

  1. Evaluation. Understanding your airway starts with a thorough dental evaluation, postural analysis, symptom review, and evaluation of your health history.
  2. Sleep Study. If an airway insufficiency is suspected, Dr. Klein will prescribe a convenient, at-home sleep study through SleepTest.com. The team at SleepTest.com will coordinate your sleep study and insurance billing. You will receive a sleep study device to wear for two nights. The device will collect data on your breathing and sleeping patterns. Once you return the device, a board-certified sleep doctor will analyze your data and will share the findings of your sleep study with Dr. Klein.  
  3. Mapping. Dr. Klein will take high-resolution photos of your mouth and face and will use advanced 3D scanning technology to map and measure your craniofacial structures. Dr. Klein then partners with a multidisciplinary team to diagnose the root cause of disordered breathing and to chart a detailed, personalized plan to treat airway insufficiencies.
  4. Customization. Your diagnostic results and treatment plan are shared with a specialized lab that will craft your custom dental appliance.
  5. Treatment. Your treatment plan will precisely reflect your unique needs and desired clinical outcomes. Most patients wear their dental appliance for 12-16 hours per day, from dinner to breakfast, for an average of 18 months. Your dental device will be essentially invisible and usually provides a comfortable wearing experience. Your dental appliance is equipped with springs, which you’ll regularly adjust at home to promote the desired change. Dr. Klein will strategically guide you on how and how often to adjust your dental appliance.  
  6. Milestones. To support treatment success, you will meet with Dr. Klein every 4-6 weeks as you move through your treatment plan. During each appointment, Dr. Klein will measure your expansion progress and the improvement of symptoms, in addition to addressing concerns, refining your treatment plan, and updating your dental appliance, if needed.
  7. New Beginnings. The end of your treatment plan is the beginning of the immediate and long-term health benefits that result from functional breathing. Dr. Klein will help you address any remaining oral function or tissue concerns (such as abnormal swallowing, tongue ties, lip ties, or other oral habits). You may also undergo custom orthodontic treatment with clear aligners to restore function to your bite or to achieve the straighter teeth you desire.

 

Benefits

Functional breathing gives your body what it needs for vibrant, healthy living. The benefits you’ll experience from airway treatment can profoundly enhance your overall health and your daily quality of living. Those benefits include:

  • Reduced and eliminated snoring, teeth clenching, and OSA
  • Enhanced appearance and alignment of teeth and dental arches
  • Pain relief
  • Better posture  
  • Restorative sleep
  • Mood boost
  • Increased energy, focus, and mental acuity
  • Improved cardiovascular, metabolic, and hormonal health
  • Ability to achieve and maintain a healthy weight

 

Dr. Klein’s Unexpected Journey to Airway-Centered Dentistry

Dr. Klein never imagined that her dentistry journey would lead her to become passionate about helping patients breathe better.  

Her journey began through a series of unexpected discoveries. Dr. Klein acquired a CBCT machine to precisely map the craniofacial structures of her dental implant patients. As she captured 3D images of her patients’ airways, Dr. Klein observed a strong connection between airway size and a wide-range of health issues and dental complaints.

Dr. Klein’s interest in Airway-Centered Dentistry expanded when she discovered Dr. Felix Liaoa holistic mouth doctor who specializes in holistic mouth health. Through Dr. Liao’s work, Dr. Klein realized that many of her patients could improve their overall health by treating both airway insufficiencies and disordered breathing.

Dr. Klein’s work to restore functional breathing became especially meaningful when her mom, Karri, had a heart attack in early 2018. Even after rigorous testing, the cause behind her mom’s heart attack could not be explained.

Dr. Klein decided to scan and evaluate her mom’s airway, which revealed a considerable airway insufficiency. A sleep study further confirmed Dr. Klein’s findings. Her mom was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea, even though she never knew she wasn’t sleeping well.

In addition to a diagnosis of severe OSA, Dr. Klein’s mom also showed numerous related symptoms of airway insufficiency including fatigue, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and anxiety. Dr. Klein is convinced that her mom’s airway insufficiency is partially, if not completely, the reason behind her mom’s unexplained heart attack.

Dr. Klein’s mom is currently undergoing dental appliance treatment. We look forward to sharing her journey here. Under the instruction of Dr. Liao, Dr. Klein continues to refine her practice of Airway-Centered Dentistry. She is deeply grateful for the opportunity to help her patients and loved ones unlock their potential for a life rich in health, happiness, and vitality.

 

NEW PATIENT

At Spring Oaks Dental, we take great care to ensure that your first visit is comfortable, informative, and never intimidating.

AFFORD YOUR CARE

Helping make your dental care affordable and comfortable is important, and we proudly offer a variety of options to fit your dental care into your life.

NEW PATIENT

At Spring Oaks Dental, we take great care to ensure that your first visit is comfortable, informative, and never intimidating.

AFFORD YOUR CARE

Helping make your dental care affordable and comfortable is important, and we proudly offer a variety of options to fit your dental care into your life.