Dr. Luffey has specialized in the treatment of snoring & sleep apnea, TMJ pain and misalignment, and neuromuscular dentistry for over 15 years with experience and compassion.
Chronic pain and anxiety or just a few symptoms of breathing dysfunction. There is a broad spectrum of disease stages and psychological changes that can manifest themselves as pain, emotional stress, and poor performance in your career or athletics from improper breeding habits. These habits are learned over time and can cause debilitating psychological changes that create havoc to your natural homeostasis. Discover and implement good respiration and breathing habits to support your physiology, your consciousness, and your life.
Orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD) are atypical patterns of the muscular function of the mouth and face. The most common causes of an OMD are tongue-ties and the associated lack of nasal breathing. When nasal breathing is impeded, the body naturally accommodates by relying on mouth breathing. Long-term mouth breathing changes the natural resting position of the jaw, tongue and lips. This change in position can influence growth patterns of the jaw and maxilla and often result in the development of significant malocclusion. Furthermore, long term mouth breathing compromises the natural process of breathing which relies on the nasal airway to cleanse and purify air for the pulmonary system.
Many people believe that snoring is not a sleep problem, but snoring and breathing pauses during sleep are symptoms of a serious condition called sleep apnea. Serious sleep disorders like sleep apnea may seem like minor inconveniences, but in reality, sleep apnea negatively affects your overall quality of life and can cause serious health problems in the future.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is characterized by pauses in breathing and shallow breathing while sleeping. Each pause in breathing is called an apnea episode. An apnea episode can last anywhere from seconds to several minutes, in severe cases. Hypopnea is the term used to describe shallow breathing episodes, which often occur between apnea episodes.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders are painful dysfunctions of the jaw joint. The exact causes of them are often difficult to determine. Pain can result from a multitude of factors, such as parafunctional habits like clenching and grinding your teeth, genetics, arthritis, or jaw injury.
In many cases, the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ problems can be relieved with nonsurgical treatments managed care. This may include the use of orthotic appliances to improve and maintain a comfortable, balanced bite.