Is Sleep Apnea Higher in Pre-Term Babies?

August 5, 2011

There’s no definitive study showing that being born prematurely increases your chances of developing obstructive sleep apnea, but there are a number of papers and studies that suggest that it is possible. A recent Time Magazine article highlighted a 32% increased rate of asthma, vision problems, and hand-eye coordination in babies born between 24 to 34 weeks. They concluded that by age 17, these children had poorer health, growth and neurological issues, as compared to those born full-term.

One concept that the article mentions is the “fetal origins hypothesis,” which suggest that the stress of being born prematurely (with increased levels of cortisol) can affect various aspects of development. Interestingly, there are also numerous papers describing significantly increased rate of dental crowding, malocclusion, and craniofacial changes in pre-term infants.

What all this means is that the facial skeleton, and especially the jaws, don’t develop fully, leading to crowding of the nasal and oral cavities. Add to this the good possibility that most preemies are more likely to be bottle-fed (which can promote malocclusion). Since soft tissues like the tongue and nasal septum will grow to their normal size, the airway gets crowded, leading to an inability to breathe properly during the day and especially at night. Not sleeping well at night has been shown to significantly increase your stress hormone levels.

Knowing that these kids will be more susceptible to sleep-breathing problems, it’s important to address these issues early on to prevent the various medical complications that can occur later in life.

If you have a child that delivered prematurely, what kind of medical issues did your child have, if any?

 

Can Your Jaws Be Expanded Without Surgery?

April 26, 2011

Conventional dental wisdom states that the adult jaws can’t be enlarged. Recently, orthodontists have shown that you can straighten teeth in adults, but many dentists are still skeptical about claims of being able to expand the jaw without doing any type of surgery. For many years, a number of dentists have debunked these claims. Dr. Dave Singh is one such pioneer, who through the principles described in his Epigenetic Orthodontics concept, is able to show that the upper and lower jaws can be altered dramatically using his DNA appliance.

I’ve stated in the past the modern humans, due to a radical change in our diets and feeding habits, are more prone to dental crowding and upper airway narrowing. The smaller your jaws, the smaller your breathing passageways, from your nose to your throat. Widening and expanding your jaws can have a profound effect on your ability to breathe not only at night while sleeping, but also during the day when awake. So it’s not surprising that this could also help people with sleep apnea to various degrees.

If you’re interested in hearing what Dr. Singh has to say about this issue and how the DNA appliance works, please register for my teleseminar for tonight, where I will pick his brains for one full hour. He will also answer your questions at the end of the program.

The material on this website is for educational and informational purposes only and is not and should not be relied upon or construed as medical, surgical, psychological, or nutritional advice. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your medical regimen, exercise or diet program.



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