Oftentimes, you may suffer from chronic health problems which can be a direct result of an insufficient airway. When your body is not receiving oxygen, your body enters a perpetual state of “fight or flight” and reacts by putting pressures on the other systems that directly affect your entire body. Approximately 2 million people are diagnosed annually with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and it is estimated that 40% of the adult population in the US suffers from sleep disorders.
Dr. McCarthy is among the first dentists in the United States to become educated on the effects of an ineffective airway on our overall health. Because this problem affects her personally as well as her family members, she takes sleep apnea and snoring very seriously as its effects are deadly. She has committed to the continuing education necessary to be able to diagnose and treat airway insufficiencies, as well as to understand what that means in terms of not just oral health, but systemic health.
If any of these apply to you, you should determine whether airway issues are involved.
Although dental appliances may not be a suitable treatment for severe obstructive sleep apnea, the remedy has already proved to be a practical option to painful surgery, drugs and CPAP in the vast majority of cases.
Sleep disordered breathing in children is an epidemic that’s not getting enough attention.
When children are young, their bodies are able to adjust and mold easily, particularly in their mouth and their bone structure. Crowded teeth may force the tongue forward against their teeth, narrowing their dental arch and constricting the airway.
Dr. McCarthy is proud to provide the Vivos System for Kids as young as three years old. Vivos for children is a proprietary non-invasive, non-surgical treatment protocol that uses a series of removable, flexible FDA approved mouthguards. The mouthpiece allows children to breathe, allows their jaw to align properly, prompts their airway to open, and helps provide room for crowded teeth at the same time. It can work extremely fast and it is very simple for younger patients to use regularly.