AIRWAY CENTRIC DENTISTRY:
THE BREATHING MACHINE

Developing Airways, Improving Breathing, and Enhancing Oxygen Utilization

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AIRWAY CENTRIC DENTISTRY:
THE BREATHING MACHINE

Developing Airways, Improving Breathing, and Enhancing Oxygen Utilization
We can live up to 3 weeks without food and 3 days without water. However, we would live only 6 minutes without oxygen before permanent brain damage occurs.

Breathing is critical to our survival and health. There are a variety of reasons why breathing might be sub-optimal. This can result in physiological and neurological changes that can affect overall health. How can we recognize this in our patients? And what can we do to help them improve their airway structure and function, and therefore improve their overall health, vitality, and lives?

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We can live up to 3 weeks without food and 3 days without water. However, we would live only 6 minutes without oxygen before permanent brain damage occurs.

Breathing is critical to our survival and health. There are a variety of reasons why breathing might be sub-optimal. This can result in physiological and neurological changes that can affect overall health. How can we recognize this in our patients? And what can we do to help them improve their airway structure and function, and therefore improve their overall health, vitality, and lives?


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In our practices, we see problems with the structure or function of airways all the time. Things like cosmetic failures, non-resolving non-infection based periodontal issues, orthodontic failures, TMJ issues; and patients with anxiety, ADHD or high gag reflex.

These challenges could be warning signs of a compromised airway or incorrect breathing.

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By the time patients present with functional or aesthetic airway disorders, it’s likely they have been living with anatomic and habitual causes of disordered breathing for years—even decades.

In this case-based, content rich presentation, Kathleen Carson, DDS reveals the significant connections between craniofacial development and lifelong airway/systemic health and development. Learn simple steps to add to your exams which identify possible airways structural or functional concerns. Develop a plan for determining your practice’s optimal mix of treatments. Special emphasis will be given to the treatments and interventions dental professionals can offer patients who present with airway challenges in every stage of life.

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By the time patients present with functional or aesthetic airway disorders, it’s likely they have been living with anatomic and habitual causes of disordered breathing for years—even decades.

In this case-based, content rich presentation, Kathleen Carson, DDS reveals the significant connections between craniofacial development and lifelong airway/systemic health and development. Learn simple steps to add to your exams which identify possible airways structural or functional concerns. Develop a plan for determining your practice’s optimal mix of treatments. Special emphasis will be given to the treatments and interventions dental professionals can offer patients who present with airway challenges in every stage of life.



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“Kathleen Carson has an abundance of what every truly qualified teacher/speaker needs - experience. When she walks onto a stage, she has the coursework and, more important, the cases to back up everything she says. Kathleen combines sensitivity and candor with detailed knowledge of her art and craft. She is responsive, proactive, committed, helpful and determined to leave audience members with something they can bring home. She is engaging, entertaining and enlightening from both a clinical and educational perspective.”

—Peter Beckwith, Director of Marketing


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“Kathleen Carson has an abundance of what every truly qualified teacher/speaker needs - experience. When she walks onto a stage, she has the coursework and, more important, the cases to back up everything she says. Kathleen combines sensitivity and candor with detailed knowledge of her art and craft. She is responsive, proactive, committed, helpful and determined to leave audience members with something they can bring home. She is engaging, entertaining and enlightening from both a clinical and educational perspective.”

—Peter Beckwith, Director of Marketing

Dr. Carson speaking at Dentistry's Got Talent, 2021

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