Holistic Mouth FAQ
Answers to the most common questions about what Airway-centered Mouth Doctors (AMDs) do, how this differs from regular dentistry, how they fit into the big picture of healthcare, and the difference it can make to you and your family’s health.
What is an Airway-Centered Mouth Doctor (AMD)?
An AMD is a dentist with additional training to diagnose and treat oral contributions to medical, dental, mental and mood issues for dental patients to relieve pain, support sleep, and restore fatigue. An AMD is not a formal degree. Nor is an AMD superior to a regular dentist. An AMD builds on sound natural teeth to convert an impaired into a holistic mouth using appropriate oral appliances, myofunctional therapy, diet change, other treatment, plus make referrals as needed to bring whole body health back to working order.
Why would Need an AMD?
A trained AMD can help you determine if your mouth structure is a health asset or liability. For example, narrow jaws with crowded teeth can lead to a narrower airway and chronic pain and fatigue, especially in the presence of an oversized tongue from obesity or hypothyrodism — see Impaired Mouth Syndrome web page. Great news: a trained AMD knows how to turn an impaired mouth into a health asset without pain, drugs, shots, or drills. Many medical conditions can be caused or affected by dental conditions. Similarly, many dental symptoms can have origins far beyond the mouth.
If I have an AMD, do I still need a dentist?
Yes. An AMD utilizes sound natural teeth to help grow jaws and widen airway. The responsibility to maintain sound natural teeth rests with the patient and the attending teeth-centered family dentist. Moreover, dental work done within an Impaired Mouth (with narrow jaws and crowded teeth) often need to be remade after Impaired Mouth is restructured with Phase-I appliance treatment.
If Dr. Felix is an Airway-centered Mouth Doctor, is he still a dentist?
Yes, Dr. Felix is both a general dentist and an AMD. This means he can be both to you and your family.
Do AMD's and dentists work together, or do they?
Yes, the family dentist works on keeping teeth and gums healthy while AMDs use those sound teeth to grow airway to improve sleep and align mouth with body to reduce pain. It is to the patient’s benefit that they work together to treat Impaired Mouth as a root cause of many medical, dental, and mood symptoms, and to avoid makeovers of costly dental work done in an Impaired Mouth.
Does an AMD take the place of my physician?
No. An MAD does not replace any of your doctor, dentist, or therapist. An AMD works on oral contributions to various symptoms, which can be medical, dental, or mood in nature. Said oral contributions can be partly or solely responsible for your symptoms, or not at all. As such, an AMD is a complement and support to your other doctors.
Do Airway-centered Mouth Doctors work with kids?
Yes, AMDs like Dr. Felix welcome working with children. Because a Holistic Mouth is the foundation of whole body health, he even created a whole program for them: Whole Health Kids
At what age should I bring my child to see an AMD?
A newborn with breast feeding issues should be checked for tongue-tie. Weaning is critical for life-long gut health and strong immunity. Toddlers should have not only teeth checked but Whole Health assessment re abnormal swallowing, habitual mouth breathing, teeth grinding, and cross bite, etc. by age 2 and at least yearly thereafter until all adult teeth are in.
How will an Airway-centered Mouth Doctor make a difference in the lives of myself and my family?
You can think of AMDs like Dr. Felix as a family health resource, helping you avoid the stresses of constant headaches, neck/back pain, fatigue, depression, daytime sleepiness, moodiness, and more by turning Impaired Mouths into Holistic ones.
A Holistic Mouth paves the way for natural healing, more energy, and greater productivity and creativity. It can mean looking and feeling better, with less dependence on doctors, lower lifetime healthcare costs, more years added to your life – and more life added to your years.
When should I see an AMD?
As soon as you are aware is best — if you wish to stop your symptoms from worsening at the root-cause level.
What’s involved to establish the diagnosis of Impaired Mouth Syndrome?
These are the steps:
- An initial interview with physical evaluation connecting your mouth with your whole body and all symptoms.
- 3D Diagnostics®: records consisting of a CT scan from ear to ear, camera pictures of your head, posture, teeth, tongue and soft palate to identify what’s off, where, and by how much.
- A review of findings and recommendations with Q& A so you can make an informed choice.
What’s the cost of Impaired Mouth Syndrome Diagnosis and Treatment?
Diagnosis costs about 60-80% of a crown. Treatment costs range from 1-2 times the fees of braces in your area, depending on depend on individual case complexity as revealed by 3D Diagnostics®).
Are there additional costs?
Teeth, gums, and jaws must be free of infections to start treatment. Old dental work such as fillings, crowns or bridge or implants will likely need makeover at the end of jaw reconfiguring using oral appliances. Other out-of-pocket costs may include myofunctional therapy, tongue-tie release, diet/nutritional/weight loss.
Does my insurance cover an AMD’s services?
The answer depends solely on your policy’s coverage. Call your plan to see if airway obstruction and pain mitigation/resolution without drugs or surgery is covered out of network. Insurance codes will be provided upon request.
What if my insurance does not cover an AMD’s diagnosis and treatment?
Think of “insurance” as an assist from your employer. Ask yourself (and your employer) if functional breathing, sleeping, and eating are important to your energy level and work productivity. You may have to take charge of your own breathing and pain before your insurance or employer wakes up to your need.
Are there any negative side effects?
Surprisingly few and minor, and 90% are transient “healing hiccups such as temporary bite change as a result of jaw grow carrying teeth with it, jaw clicking on the way to recovery. Spacing between teeth can happen but not always, and they often close on their own in due course. Some spaces are desirable for airway development, especially in cases of pulled teeth and spaces closed by braces. Old dental work such as fillings, root-canal work, crowns or bridgework may come off, which may have nothing to do with appliance treatment. As of this writing, no major problems such as lost tooth, root exposure, and nerve death needing root-canal treatment have been reported.
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