- Dr Dan is a dentist…. So why is he interested in breathing?
In 2007 Dr Dan became interested in preventing crooked teeth in children. He quickly realised that children who breathe through their mouths end up with long faces, narrow jaws and crooked teeth. He decided to learn more about ways to help children to breathe more through the nose, and whilst on this mission, he discovered Breathing Retraining. At that time, he suffered from snoring and sleep apnoea.
He soon found that by spending about an hour each day doing simple breathing exercises, he was able to sleep more quietly without snoring, and no longer stopped breathing at night.
Due to his own health journey, he decided to become a qualified Breathing Educator. He now runs the sleep retreat to help both children and adults improve their sleep, and reduce the symptoms and signs of poor sleep, asthma, and allergy.
- Can I see Dr Dan in person for a consultation?
Dr Dan is available for consultations at his clinic in Burleigh, Gold Coast. If you have a tongue tie, breathing difficulties, poor sleep, crooked teeth, or TMJ problems please contact Dr Dan for a consultation.
- My nose is always blocked / I have a deviated septum…. So how can I learn to breathe through my nose?
It is very rare that a blocked nose is entirely a “hard tissue blockage.” More likely there is some element of soft tissue inflammation, which more often than not can be cleared using a combination of breathing techniques, and nutritional changes. .
- Why did Dr Dan become interested in Tongue and Lip Ties?
Dr Dan has been working with children to help prevent crooked teeth since 2007. Since that time, he has come to realise that the main factor which determines whether a child has a small upper jaw is tongue posture.
A low tongue posture leads to a narrow jaw, as the jaw is not stimulated to grow properly without the tongue in the roof of the mouth. So, by helping to release a tethered tongue, he is able to help children to establish a better tongue posture.
Since his passion is to prevent as much as possible, he became interested in fixing infant’s tongue and lip ties so that these children can not only breast feed more easily, but they can also stand a chance of developing better jaws and faces. This may also help to prevent snoring, sleep apnoea and TMJ pain in later life – since some of the factors involved in development of these conditions include small, recessive jaws.
Interestingly, low tongue posture is also related to mouth breathing – so enabling a normal tongue posture may also reduce the likelihood of future mouth breathing.