Breathing Dysfunction, Sleep and Airway Issues

– Origins, consequences and treatment strategies

A seminar on the breathing retraining approach to restore nasal breathing and enhance airway function, orofacial development and sleep quality in children and adults

Open mouth sleeping childBreathing dysfunction, sleep and airway issues are common in childen and adults.
The detrimental effects of the open-mouth posture and the mouth-breathing habit on orofacial development, dentition and stability of orthodontic correction are well researched. There is a high incidence of habitual mouth breathing in school-aged children and up to three quarters of children have crowded teeth and incorrectly developing jaws. The detrimental effects of dysfunctional breathing are also well recognised as contributing to asthma, allergic rhinitis, ADHD, snoring and sleep apnoea.

This presentation will highlight mechanical, physiological and biochemical interconnections between a dysfunctional breathing pattern and airway, dental, sleep and general health issues. It will define the role of breathing retraining in restoring silent, rhythmic nasal breathing and thereby improving sleep quality, general health and dental-orthodontic outcomes.

This presentation is designed for dental, sleep and allied health professionals promoting an integrative approach to sleep and dentistry medicine.

After this session participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the various elements of a dysfunctional breathing pattern
  • Perform an assessment of baseline breathing pattern
  • Understand the link between dysfunctional breathing patterns, sleep-breathing disorders, respiratory disorders and oral function, facial development and aesthetics
  • Identify actionable approaches for improving dental-orthodontic outcomes and sleep quality for patients with open-mouth posture and mouth breathing habit
 IMG_0005 (2)Tess GrahamLecturer
Tess Graham (BSc, Post Grad Dip Physiotherapy, Dip Buteyko Breathing Method) has devoted over 20 years to breathing education and breathing retraining, uncovering the essential principles of good breathing and applying them in the simplest way to achieve extraordinary outcomes. Tess has been involved in research with asthma, sleep disorders and sports performance and has delivered breathing retraining programs to over 5,500 people. She is author of the book, Relief from Snoring and Sleep Apnea (Penguin Aus 2012, US Ed 2014) ) and has developed the BreatheAbility® for Health Programs. Tess is a specialist in both the science and art of breathing.

FORMAT             1.5 hour seminar

DATE & TIME       Monday 27 October: 7pm – 8.30pm

VENUE                 Raphael Center for Integrative Orthodontics, 1425 Broad Street, Ste A, Clifton, New Jersey

COST                    $55         (light refreshments provided)

Enquiries: Dana Foster-Williams Ph. 973-778-9225 x101



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