Learn about the Five Functional Competencies in Dana Point, CA
In the video below, Dr. Mark Cruz discusses the Five Functional Competencies, which include your lips, the roof of your mouth, facial muscles, cranial nerves, and a patent pharynx (when sleeping). If any of these competencies are threatened you will start to see compensations in the form of disruptive symptoms, such as snoring or other problems.
Dr. Cruz will use these symptoms to identify underlying causes, which allows them to develop a treatment plan that can not only alleviate your symptoms but help correct or restore those underlying causes. These treatments may include oral devices, CPAP, myobrace treatments, myofunctional therapy, or other effective approaches.
What to Expect from Airway Dentistry
Dr. Cruz combines advanced knowledge and years of experience to treat patients in the Dana Point area dealing with a wide variety of symptoms. At your appointment, you will discuss your goals as well as any symptoms you are experiencing. You will receive a thorough examination, involving the latest diagnostic technology. You may be sent home with a device that will monitor your breathing cycles and blood oxygenation over the course of a day and a night, which will give Dr. Cruz an important insight into the functionality of your airway, and the systems involved in regulating your breath.
Once your doctor is familiar with your condition, and your goals, he will develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. You will review the potential options, and learn about the benefits of each, thereby becoming an active participant in your care. Together, you and your doctor will put together a course of treatment that is aligned with your goals.
Get in touch with Dr. Cruz today to learn more about the Five Functional Competencies that may be affecting your overall health. Make an appointment for a consultation today by calling (949) 661-1006.