- Airway Orthodontics
- Why Walker Orthodontics?
As a pioneer in a specialty called Airway Orthodontics, Dr. Walker diagnoses and treats the harmful effects sleep apnea has on your overall health. Patients treated at Walker Orthodontics are thrilled beyond belief to no longer have to use their bothersome CPAP machines every night to help them breathe.
Keep reading about how our groundbreaking approach brings the field of medicine into dentistry, and why cardiologists, pulmonologists, primary care doctors, and scores of other medical professionals refer patients to Walker Orthodontics for successful treatment.
An estimated 22 million Americans live with obstructive sleep apnea, yet 80% of cases of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea are undiagnosed. Unfortunately, people who suffer from sleep apnea can have far more serious side effects than simply a poor night’s rest. Medical researchers have found that the chronic oxygen deprivation caused by this condition raises your risks for…
The first step is to schedule your diagnostic Airways Consultation. This assessment includes a full health history and oral examination with our sleep apnea expert. You may also be asked to use a take-home sleep study kit for additional evaluation. This specially designed sleep-testing device is programmed for each individual patient and is easy to use. We take the data gathered from one night’s sleep and analyze the results in order to make the appropriate diagnosis.
Next, Walker Orthodontics uses the highly advanced scanning technology of our in-office i-CAT to capture high resonance 3D images of your nose, mouth, and throat tissues to pinpoint any structural abnormalities, such as an obstruction within your nasal cavity.
Treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea can be very effective with conservative measures, such as a customized oral appliance, which prevents airway collapse by stabilizing your lower jaw, tongue, and soft palate. However, Dr. Walker also partners with other medical specialists for more comprehensive treatment if needed. For example, depending on the results of your i-Cat scan, he may refer you to a skilled Ears, Nose & Throat doctor (ENT) who will clear the detected nose obstruction at the root of your airway disorder. This crucial, initial procedure then allows your custom-fit oral appliance to successfully CURE your sleep apnea. In addition, depending on the severity of your airway disorder, Dr. Walker also coordinates treatment with other surgical specialists if the repositioning of your upper and lower jaws is medically necessary.
Enjoy a night’s rest without a CPAP machine, and get started on a lifetime journey towards better health! As the Director for Airway Courses at Boston University’s School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Walker’s years of experience and expertise in the field of airway disorders has made him the area’s “go-to” specialist for the very latest advances in successful sleep apnea treatment. We love hearing from patients who report a significant drop in their blood pressure – even after only wearing the appliance for a short time!