THE NOSE KNOWS Addressing Risk Factors Related to Sleep Apnea
Learn the missing link that will help your practice address the mouth breathing issues of all your patients, not just adults with sleep apnea. Mouth breathing compromises both therapy and oral and general health. Understanding the surprising research on mouth breathing and snoring teaches us how to help our patients address risk factors leading to sleep apnea. Nasal breathing increases oxygen to the brain, which affects sleep, release of human growth hormone, learning and improves overall health. Lips together, teeth apart and the tongue up is the message that addresses the problems associated with mouth breathing, including caries, periodontal disease, bad breath, enlarged tonsils, long face syndrome, high vaulted palate, crowded teeth, sleep disordered breathing, bed wetting and in many cases, ADHD.
- Understand the physiological and structural differences between nose and mouth breathing
- Recognize the clinical signs and symptoms of mouth breathing
- Implement a coaching program helping people switch from mouth to nose breathing
TRISHA O'HEHIR, RDH MS
Trisha is an international speaker, author, educator and instrument designer. She was on the founding editorial board for RDH Magazine in 1980 and wrote the Periodontics Column for 14 years. In 1989, Trisha launched Perio Reports, and from 2004 to 2014 she was the Editorial Director of Hygienetown. In 2013, Trisha and two colleagues founded O'Hehir University, providing a 6-month path to degree complete for dental hygienists worldwide. Trisha is a future focused speaker who presents thought provoking programs combining current research, practical applications and alternatives for the future.