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Breaking Boundaries In Orthodontic Care:

The Importance Of Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Optimal Health

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As an airway-focused orthodontist and whole health provider, my goal is to suggest treatments for my patients that have the highest probability of creating an optimal outcome. That’s why I often advocate for interdisciplinary care. Collaboration between all of the different specialists is needed to ensure comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. On this page are some of the types of specialists that I work with to help my patients achieve optimal health.
Sleep Medicine Specialist

A physician specializing in sleep medicine makes the diagnosis of sleep disorders through sleep studies and makes appropriate medical interventions and treatment recommendations.

PTs, Chiropractors, Osteopaths
Physical therapists, chiropractors and other body workers play a valuable role in addressing postural and musculoskeletal issues that may contribute to airway obstruction and compromised breathing.
Oral Surgeons

We understand that orthognathic surgery can be a daunting prospect. We only work with the best surgeons in the country to ensure the highest level of expertise and the best possible outcomes for our patients. Although orthognathic surgery is generally considered a last resort, it can be necessary to correct severe jaw joint problems and restore proper airflow. We’ve witnessed numerous successful outcomes from this procedure, and we use it judiciously to achieve the best possible results for our patients.

Pediatric Dentists

We work with airway conscious pediatric dentists who can help us improve outcomes for children through early detection and intervention of airway problems and orthodontic issues. Working together, we can help ensure optimal airway growth, jaw development and oral health for children – and prevent significant issues from developing down the road.

Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory therapists assist with the management of breathing disorders, including the fitting and maintenance of CPAP devices for sleep apnea patients.

Myofunctional Therapy
Myofunctional Therapy can be a key component in treating airway issues, as it focuses on the muscles used for breathing, chewing, and swallowing. Think of it as physical therapy for the face. By working with myofunctional therapists, we can help patients develop proper oral habits, improve their breathing and sleep quality, and help prevent orthodontic relapse.
Otolaryngologist (ENT)

An ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist assesses and treats any structural abnormalities or obstructions in the upper airway that may contribute to sleep apnea. They perform surgical procedures to remove enlarged tonsils or adenoids or correct nasal obstructions.


Provides guidance on weight loss and healthy eating habits, as obesity is a signficant risk factor for sleep apnea.

Lactation Consultants

Breastfeeding can impact the development of the oral cavity and airway. Lactation consultants can help mothers and babies establish proper breastfeeding techniques that promote optimal oral and airway development. By working with lactation consultants, we can help support the overall health and well-being of our patients from infancy through adulthood.


An allergist’s expertise in diagnosing and treating allergies contributes to a comprehensive approach to airway management, ensuring that interventions are tailored to address all underlying factors that may impact breathing and overall airway health.

In our experience, interdisciplinary care can provide numerous benefits for our patients, including improved health and wellness, more efficient and coordinated care, and better outcomes. As an airway-focused orthodontist, I am committed to working closely with other providers to ensure that my patients have the best chance at achieving the highest possible level of overall health and wellbeing.