Stimulating Awareness and Early Intervention of Breathing Issues in Children and How it Effects Behavior, Brain Development, and Facial Development
Airway Centric™ Dentistry trumps everything else in dentistry. The airway and proper or ideal breathing is hierarchically the most important function for humans to thrive. Ideal health and facial development is dependent on correct oral posture and silent nasal breathing, as opposed to mouth breathing and snoring.
“We are seeing our children’s faces narrowing and their jaws retruding, which is closing airways, not conducive to ideal healthy breathing and restorative sleep. This leads to children having more learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder (ADHD), diabetes, and obesity are on the rise, and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is reaching epidemic proportions,” said Dr. Michael Gelb, DDS MS.
So what is truly the cause of these issues? SDB is observed as early as 6, 18, and 30 months. Food allergy, inflammation and epigenetic factors lead to enlarged tonsils and adenoids and narrow, retruded jaws. Our faces are starting to look like the bulldog. The upper and lower jaws are pushed in, nostrils are pinched, noses congested, and teeth are crooked.
Parents need to know that this preventable. By establishing normal nasal breathing and tongue posture in the first few years of life the stage is set for ideal growth and development. This can be achieved by breastfeeding to reduce SDB and encourage palatal expansion as well as ideal lip and facial tone. Parents need to understand the value of the airway related to the nose and jaws and be made aware of the signs that their child might be heading down the wrong road.
Airway Centric™ Dentistry requires a partnership between parent, teacher, dentist, ENT, pulmonologist, lactation consultant, OBGYN, myofunctional therapist, sleep specialist and physical therapist. Dr. Gelb’s philosophy and new approach to dentistry allows the dentist (or physician) to transform lives by reducing sleep fragmentation, increasing oxygen saturation, improving heart rate variability and treating apnea, hypopnea, upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), and snoring. Airway Centric™ Dentistry enables the dentist to achieve a higher level of health and wellness with their patients. This new approach will help the patient to have a better night’s sleep, with fewer awakenings and renewed energy and focus in the morning and throughout the day.
Disturbed Breathing or Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a general term for breathing difficulties that occur during sleep. Its hallmarks are snoring and sleep apnea. SDB reportedly peaks from two to six years of age, but also occurs in younger children and infants. By integrating Airway Centric™ Dentistry into his practice, Dr. Gelb has been successful in treating infants to adults with SDB and the issues it causes.
“It is my life’s passion to make our community and nation know how the airway impacts child brain development, social and emotional skills, peer relationships, hyperactivity, and behavior,” said Dr. Gelb.
About The Gelb Rejuvenation Center The Gelb Rejuvenation Center, located in New York and White Plains, NY, offers integrated treatment for head, neck, and jaw pain and dysfunction including headache, snoring, and sleep apnea. The professional pain team, led by Dr. Michael Gelb, integrates physical therapy, nutrition, biofeedback, applied kinesiology, and cranial therapy in their treatment regimen—and focuses on beauty, health, and wellness. For patients with sleep disorders, The Gelb Rejuvenation Center offers two affordable, patient-friendly, at-home sleep test systems, which aid in patient screening, clinical assessment, and treatment to restore peace and quiet to their bedrooms