Poor rest oral posture contributes to lack of forward growth of the face which CAN reduce the airway producing sleep problems. It is now clear that it is possible to prevent OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) or treat developing OSA very early by optimizing rest oral posture and, therefore, produce more forward facial growth. Combined efforts of myofunctional therapists and Orthotropists can help young children have better dentofacial growth and better airways. Today’s health practitioners are combining their expertise from their various fields to help everyone from preschoolers to geriatrics look better, breathe better, sleep better, and lead healthier lives. Research is highlighting the importance of correcting myofunctional disorders in dealing with both pain and sleep issues. Combined efforts of the dental profession and myofunctional therapists have the best chance of success.
William Hang is an international speaker on the Biobloc technique, orthodontics and the posterior airway space, guidance of tooth eruption and prevention of tooth impaction, facial esthetics and sleep apnea’s relationship to facial development. Bill is a lecturer at Harvard University Orthodontic Program, American Association of Orthodontics, and the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain amongst many others. He is the current president of the North American Association for Facial Growth Guidance. Dr. Hang teaches the Biobloc Orthotropics Technique in a renown residency program.
– Identify why proper rest oral posture is the key to optimizing facial/airway development.
– Examine why the tongue does not adapt to retraction orthodontics.
– Examine why earlier treatment of poor rest oral posture long before the traditional orthodontic age is imperative to achieve optimal results.