Are you searching for more in a dentist?
Are you or a loved one experiencing sleep apnea, nasal obstruction, or other breathing issues?
We are passionate about Airway health and providing the answers
and care you need for total health.
But First, Breathe
A functional approach to airway health
Accurate diagnosis and thorough treatment
Adopting the methods of The Breathe Institute, The American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry, Zaghi, MD, and The Academy of Airway and Gnathologic Orthopedics,
your team at White Birch Dental examine these three areas of airway care.
Infant and Adult Frenectomy - Tongue Tie and Lip Tie Therapy:
This procedure, which lasts only minutes, uses a pen-sized laser to remove the tight lingual frenulum.
Myofunctional therapy focuses on the muscles of the mouth, tongue, and face, in order to improve breathing. Through therapeutic exercises, these muscles are trained to chew, swallow, breathe, and speak in a way that supports optimal breathing.
Light Scalpel CO2 Laser
Laser technology provides dentistry with a smoother, safer, and more efficient method of soft tissue manipulation than with traditional blade tools. Use of LightScalpel during procedures results in reduced risk of infection, minimized bleeding, less discomfort and swelling, shorter procedure time, and smoother recovery.
Cone Beam CT for Airway Scan
Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans provide a detailed representation of the anatomical features of the airway space. This technology helps us to identify any structural issues that may be affecting your breathing.
What are the structural elements of airway health?
Obstructive sleep apnea
Tongue Tie and Lip Tie
Locating and identifying any physiological feature that might be contributing to airway disturbance is crucial to the process.
The functional component includes myofunctional therapy such as:
Facial and tongue exercises
Functional modification techniques to promote proper tongue position, improved breathing, chewing, and swallowing.
Integrating proven methods for improving sleep with individual biological rhythms can help to achieve not only optimal sleep hygiene but also overall wellness.
Reverse facial aging with Homeoblock Appliances:
The Homeoblock appliance, developed by Dr. Theodore Belfor, utilizes the muscle activity associated with the action of proper swallowing. It positively impacts the upper airway, dental arches, and facial muscles.
Use of this device can yield the following benefits:
• Sleep and breathing disorder improvement
• More youthful facial appearance
• Wider smile
• Straighter teeth
• More prominent cheekbones
For more information regarding the inspiration and importance of the Homeoblock appliance, read the wonderful and enlightening book Breath, by James Nestor.