Treating airway issues in children: Dothan dentist offers drug-free alternative
A surprising number and variety of childhood problems are linked to hyperventilation and mouthbreathing. Dr. Nathan Pfister offers a natural, drug-free solution to treating airway issues in children, at Biodentist Alabama in Dothan.
The Buteyko breathing method
Buteyko is a powerful holistic approach to correcting hyperventilation for healthier oxygenation of tissues and organs (including the brain). It is based on the concept that the quantity of air inhaled has a profound impact on wellness. The body requires a balance between carbon dioxide and oxygen levels. Chronic overbreathing disrupts the balance and inhibits the body’s ability to release oxygen to tissues.
Sleep disordered breathing
Many children suffer sleep disordered breathing, and continue mouthbreathing when awake. It can be caused by:
- Bottle feeding
- Reverse swallowing (infantile swallowing)
- Soft foods
- Poor tongue posture
- Crooked teeth
- Collapsed airway
- Environmental allergies
- Food allergies
Poor sleep quality shows up as lack of mental focus, difficulty learning, lower IQ, behavior problems, and ADHD. These kids are more likely to suffer sleep apnea in adulthood, too.
How can you tell if your child has sleep disordered breathing? Watch for these signs:
- Heavy or chest breathing
- Chapped lips
- Bags under lips
- Gummy smile
- Tooth decay
- Bed wetting
- Problems in school
- Poor athletic performance
A comprehensive solution
Dr. Pfister begins with a thorough oral examination, and evaluation of symptoms. He offers a training program on site, with a health coach. The child is guided in exercises to learn breathing through the nose, swallowing correctly, and maintaining good posture. Oral appliance therapy, and counseling on stress management and diet further reduce hyperventilation.
The goal is to maximize your child’s genetic potential for a beautifully developed mouth, naturally straight teeth, and sound sleep. Treating airway issues in children is vitally important to quality of life . . . throughout life. Dothan parents trust Dr. Pfister for healthy guidance. Call (855) 939-5566.