Breathing treatment and therapy has helped many people improve or overcome life-stealing conditions including mouth breathing, snoring and sleep apnoea, asthma, and chronic respiratory diseases such as COPD and emphysema.
Dysfunctional breathing is caused by structural issues, blockages, allergies, nasal conditions and poor breathing habits. To get to the bottom of the underlying problem, diagnosis and treatment may include:
- dentistry to expand the palate or move the jaw
- dealing with obstructions
- improving nasal health
- treating allergies
- breathing assessment
- and breathing retraining.
How our dentistry can help improve the airway
Most people think of dentistry as taking care of the teeth and gums. However, at Lotus Dental we also have a major focus area in airway, breathing and sleep issues.
Dentistry often forms a key part of treatment for helping adults and children to restore proper breathing and reclaim their health and quality of life.
• Expanding the palate
By expanding the palate we can help open the sinuses and improve tongue position for better breathing at night.
• Moving the jaw forward
By bringing a retruded/underdeveloped lower jaw forward we can help to improve the pharyngeal airway and ease of breathing, especially at night.
• Treating infected teeth
Treating infected teeth, especially the upper molars can help to resolve chronically blocked sinuses as these teeth can be a reservoir for pathogens which cause sinusitis.
• Tonsils assessment
As part of our dental examination we assess the size and state of the tonsils and their likelihood of making breathing difficult, and refer as needed to other practitioners.
Our page on snoring and sleep apnoea has information about our treatment approach and methods.
Breathing assessment and retraining
We work closely with Dr Rosalba Courtney DO PhD, who has many years of experience in this field.
The first step is normally a breathing assessment that looks for hyperventilation issues, breathing pattern disorders, poor breathing habits and also stress-related breathing issues. The base line measures are recorded so that you can see your progress.
Therapy / Classes
Once the causes of the problem are established there is a range of breathing exercises, movement and mind-body techniques designed to teach you how to breathe in an efficient, relaxed and balanced way. The exercises retrain the neuroplasticity of breathing so that it can respond better to life and health challenges. Because each of us different an individualised program produces optimal results.
Techniques used in the sessions include:
- Functional Breathing Basics
- Buteyko Method,
- Resonance Frequency Breathing
- Mindful Breath & Movement.
Private sessions and small group therapy classes are both available.
Intermittent Hypoxic Training
People with a range of conditions from asthma to fatigue find improved health with Intermittent Hypoxic Training. It works by improving resilience to tolerate fluctuations in oxygen, and stress adaptation, oxygen uptake, metabolism and anti-oxidant production.