"Changing the perception of dentistry requires radical thinking, an exceptional approach to patient care and the desire to look beyond teeth" says Dr. Allison Adams of her practice phi-losophy.
The new Integrative Dental Center at Adams Dental is an extension of the preventive care that Dr. Adams has been offering patients for 25 years. The focus of the Center is to incorporate big picture thinking and solutions to help patients who have crowded teeth, airway and breathing issues, sleep apnea and oromotor disorders. “Something as common as crowded teeth may have underlying causes like mouth breathing, a tongue tie or large tonsils. What we used to think was the problem (crowded teeth) is just a sign”, says Adams. “By peeling away the layers, we discover and treat the cause.” Dr. Adams, who has spent the last several years in facial growth and airway focused mini-residencies, takes into consideration growth and development in children and works with prevention in mind to develop healthy airways in all patients. She and her team use the Myobrace system with great success for patients who understand how breathing and tongue position can affect their overall health.
As a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, she is trained in counseling patients with sleep apnea and provides appliances to eliminate snoring and sleep apnea. Dr. Adams, a Dental Advisor to Buteyko Professionals International, says, “Many multidisciplinary organizations confirm that breathing issues affect overall health.” Dr. Adams is attentive to children’s growth and development. Her team recognizes how allergies, asthma, difficulty with speech and enlarged tonsils can influence jaw development and tooth position in children, and work to address it as early as possible in order to make life long health and cosmetic changes.