Breathe Correct operates breathing wellness centers with a team of specially trained dentists and staff that work with other healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat breathing and sleep-related disorders caused by an airway restriction.
We search for the underlying reason for the airway restriction, which is typically due to underdeveloped jaws. We offer all-natural treatments to restore the jaws to their genetic optimum and this in turn removes airway restrictions and allows for better breathing and sleep quality. Currently we have two locations but soon will be opening locations across the U.S.
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB)
is a general term for breathing difficulties occurring during sleep. SDB can range from frequent loud snoring to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a condition involving repeated episodes of partial or complete blockage of the airway during sleep.
An airway restriction can greatly affect the ability to achieve quality, deep sleep as the restriction can cause breathing and sleep to be interrupted throughout the night. This in turn causes the body and vital organs to be deprived of oxygen and can lead to a wide range of minor to severe symptoms and health conditions.
One of the causes of an airway restriction is underdeveloped jaws. Our specially trained dentists work with other healthcare professionals to accurately diagnose and treat the airway restriction. Our treatments help jaws grow to their optimum and in doing so, remove airway restrictions.
There is another outcome of underdeveloped jaws: crooked and crowded teeth. In children who are still growing, we can usually correct orthodontic issues with our oral appliance therapy, thus eliminating the need for braces.
Each treatment plan is tailored to the patient. Our treatments are all-natural, non-pharmaceutical and non-invasive. We work with your body’s natural growth patterns and potential to achieve the required growth of your jaws to their genetic optimum.
We utilize FDA cleared, proprietary oral appliances. These are custom-fit upper and/or lower dental devices that are comfortable to wear and typically worn in the mouth at night and sometimes during the late afternoon and evening.
We may also tailor your treatment plan to include therapy that is designed to coordinate and strengthen the tongue and facial muscles to help correct function, improve breathing and promote jaw development. In some cases, we may perform a minor procedure to remove any functional restrictions caused by tongue ties or lip ties, using a state-of-the-art laser that is nearly painless.
Depending on the diagnoses, needs of each patient and severity of the symptoms, we will work together with other healthcare professionals including nutritionists, chiropractors, dentists, sleep physicians, ENTs and other medical doctors.
If you live in the greater Denver area, contact us via the Contact page or call us to schedule a time to attend a free patient education meeting.
If you live outside these areas, we can still provide you guidance on steps that can be taken, so again, send us a message via the Contact page or call us.
The importance of getting quality sleep for a growing child is vital to their optimal physical and mental growth and development. There are many important rejuvenation processes that occur during a proper deep sleep cycle, and it is during deep sleep when a child's natural human growth hormone (a hormone critical to proper development and restoration) is released. If a child is not getting a sufficient amount of deep sleep, the body’s ability to release growth hormone may be significantly compromised.
What happens when a child repeatedly gets a poor quality of sleep night after night? Research now exists that a broad set of symptoms can develop, such as ADHD, behavioral issues, bed wetting, diminished IQ, arrested growth, daytime drowsiness, chronic allergies and more.
But now let’s get to the root of the matter. Why do some children not get a good quality of sleep? It may not be what you think. One of the major causes, which is not known to most doctors and parents, is that many children suffer from underdeveloped jaws and upper airway. This in turn creates a restriction in the airway and when the child tries to sleep, this restricted airway results in an increased effort to breathe or even partial or full stoppage of breathing throughout the night.
Every time breathing partially or fully stops, or there is increased effort to breathe, sleep is interrupted and the oxygen levels into the body, blood and vital organs, including the brain, can drop. This chain reaction, repeated night after night, takes a toll on the growth, health and behavior of the child. And as most parents can attest, a child that is not well rested acts quite differently than one that sleeps well.
Currently in America it is estimated that 9 out of 10 children have a condition that is directly related to Sleep Disordered Breathing and an underdeveloped mouth, more than 1 in 10 children will be diagnosed with ADHD, and 22 million adults have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, although many more go undiagnosed.
With a detailed evaluation by a qualified medical professional it is possible to identify structures that may be contributing to these conditions and determine if an all-natural, non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical solution is right for you or your children. But don’t ignore the signs: if you or your child are not sleeping well or demonstrating any of the symptoms mentioned, have them come in for a free evaluation. It may not be what you think.
Let’s start with the facts: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a disorder which can range from mild to severe, where there is a partial or full stoppage of breathing on and off throughout the night due to an upper airway restriction.
It is diagnosed via a board-certified MD, using an FDA approved sleep test, which measures the number and severity of breathing stoppages that occur during sleep. An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea and 80 percent of the cases of moderate and severe OSA are undiagnosed.
In the case of someone with an airway restriction, not only is their quality of sleep impacted, but the decrease in breathing quality during sleep leads to less oxygen available in the blood to be delivered to the body, brain, and vital organs. This oxygen reduction, known as oxygen desaturation, is measured by a sleep test and is one of the factors in determining the severity of obstructive sleep apnea.
Oxygen desaturations will also disrupt normal sleep patterns and will often lead to a lack of deep restorative sleep. Many health issues and symptoms can result from lowered blood oxygen levels and a lack of deep, restorative sleep: headaches, asthma, chronic allergies, anxiety, depression, daytime drowsiness, obesity, aggression, chronic pain and more.
Snoring and/or mouth breathing, which many people may consider “normal” are possible signs of OSA as they are often caused by a restricted upper airway. All breathing should be silent and through the nose. Not only is the silence appreciated by others, but there are many other health benefits from quiet nasal breathing.
Our team of specially trained dentists work closely with board certified sleep MDs who diagnose obstructive sleep apnea. We utilize a variety of all-natural treatment options, such as oral appliance therapy, to help remodel the upper airway and jaws resulting in better breathing, better sleep and a reduction in symptoms and health conditions caused by OSA.
Diagnosis is completed through a detailed examination by a specially trained dentist and board certified sleep medicine doctor. Below is a summary of the key steps in the diagnostic process.
Medical history and symptom analysis – new patients complete a thorough medical history and detailed symptom form that gives insight into past and present health issues that may be related to sleep disordered breathing. Accurate assessment of the history, symptoms and their severity are critical information for understanding SDB.
3D x-ray of the upper airway and jaws – using state-of-the-art digital 3D x-rays known as CBVT (Cone Beam Volumetric Tomography) enable our doctors to clearly see the upper airway, jaw bones and other structures from the lower neck up. We use special software to calculate the airway volume, locate airway restrictions and to help determine the optimum position of the jaws. This information is used to guide the design of proprietary oral appliances that will help correct the problem.
Head and Neck Exam – we perform an exam of the head, neck and mouth, including a series of digital photographs, to verify the structural issues presented by the 3D x-ray.
Home Sleep Test – patients have the option to take a Home Sleep Test which is read by a board-certified sleep MD. If there is a positive diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, the MD will write a letter confirming the existence of OSA and the treatment recommendations.
A formal diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea can only be done by a board-certified sleep MD. If there is a positive diagnosis, private medical insurance may pay for some of the treatment. Otherwise, orthodontic or dental benefits may also pay for some of the treatment.
Even without a positive OSA diagnoses, patients may choose to go into treatment to help with orthodontic, TMJ, or other structural and dental issues.
We believe that our patients are more likely to succeed in treatment if they have a thorough understanding of OSA and its causes, as well as their own condition, diagnosis and treatment plan. Therefore, we follow an exact process to educate our patients and provide a thorough diagnosis and treatment plan. Each new patient will meet with the doctor for up to 60 minutes to get a complete understanding of their findings and recommendations so they can make an informed decision regarding treatment.
Free Patient Education Meeting – before starting treatment it is important that patients understand the possible root cause of their health issues as well as how our treatment works. Therefore, anyone interested in being treated goes through a free one-hour education meeting so they can make an informed decision if treatment is right for them.
Free Private Screening – each of the diagnostic steps outlined above will be performed with the final step being a presentation by the doctor on their findings and recommendations. If the patient completed a home sleep test, which requires a small fee, the findings of the board-certified sleep medical doctor will also be presented.
Treatment Plan Presentation – after completion of the Free Private Screening, if the patient is a candidate for treatment, a treatment plan will be presented including the cost of treatment and potential insurance coverage. Our insurance specialists will examine your medical, dental and orthodontic benefits for coverage. The coverage amount will depend on the diagnosis and the patient’s insurance plan. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept Medicaid at this time.
Starting Treatment – once you accept treatment you will work with the doctor to understand your treatment plan and take the necessary steps to begin treatment. This includes getting a digital impression taken to allow us to order your oral appliances. Typically, a patient will return to our office for check-ups and re-evaluations every several weeks in the beginning of treatment and every few months during the later stages.
An airway restriction can greatly affect the ability to achieve quality, deep sleep, as the restriction can cause breathing and sleep to be interrupted throughout the night. This in turn causes the body and vital organs to be deprived of oxygen and can lead to a whole host of minor to severe symptoms and health conditions. Oxygen saturation in the blood is typically 95 to 100%. In a severe case of sleep disordered breathing, it can drop below 70%, which is a dangerous condition.
One of the primary causes of airway restrictions are underdeveloped jaws, which is why we employ specially trained dentists to work with other healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat patients.
There is another outcome of underdeveloped jaws: crooked and crowded teeth. In children who are still growing, we can effectively correct these problems with our oral appliance therapy, thus eliminating the need for braces.
There are two Breathe Correct centers in Colorado—each center with highly skilled staff and doctors that focus exclusively on treating sleep disordered breathing and obstructive sleep apnea.
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