There is an airway obstruction epidemic today that is affecting children across all healthcare fields. Symptoms such as mouth breathing, snoring, UARS, and sleep apnea are continuing to become more prevalent among our youngest generation. As a result, it is our obligation to stay educated on the resulting health effect in (1) pediatric sleep quality (2) under-developed cranial facial complex (3) muscle parafunction and (4) REM sleep fragmentation with associated ADHD like symptoms.
This discussion is designed to be interactive as we will take a few breaks through the Discussion to answer questions. This is the first in a Series of Discussions about the Airway and our World of Dentistry and why we all should have some knowledge of airway concerns to better help our clients in their health journey’s.
Dental Hygienist/ Myofunctional Therapist
Amanda Woods is a Registered Dental Hygienist of 22 years and owner of Be MYO Well, an oral myofunctional practice here in South Burlington Vermont and beyond with her ability to use Telemedicine to treat her patient in other states and countries. She has been a Myofunctional Trainer and Buteyko Breathing Coach for over three years. Amanda found Myofunctional Therapy through seeking out help for her son’s airway development concerns and mental health needs that were tied to a sleep airway crisis. She has since been fascinated with the world of bruxism, cranial facial development challenges, TMD, and sleep and how this field keeps advancing with ever changing research. Amanda took her training with the Myo Mastery Myofunctional Training Academy in 2017-18 and she has developed her skills further as a Breathe Institute Ambassador, Buteyko Clinic Coach, Fast and Functional Advanced Training knowledge of the TMJ, is an Airway Circle Member and is a member of the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry.