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Special Needs Children

Dr. Buck and his wife Theresa have raised six children, their youngest daughter Ruth has Achondroplasia (dwarfism). Dr. Buck recognized early on that Ruth would need special orthopedic/orthodontic consideration because one of the problems with achondroplasia is significant mid face underdevelopment. By using face forward growth strategies much of the skeletal deficiency has been overcome. Achondroplastic patients who have mid face underdevelopment are at greatly increased risk for sleep breathing disorders and mouth breathing, along with increased negative changes to the cervical spine from forward head posture as a result of a narrow airway. If you have a child with dwarfism,  please consider a consultation with Dr. Buck to explore how his methods of facial orthopedics can help.

The left side is Dr. Buck’s daughter Ruth at age 13 after face forward epigenetic growth treatments. The right side is a typical appearance of  adult achondroplastic facial form. Note the severe depressed cheek bones which magnifies the prominence of the forehead and flattens the bridge of the nose. The severe underdeveloped upper jaw significantly pushes the tongue back into the throat greatly complicating breathing. You can see how much more the entire mid face is developed in Ruth.
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Dr. Buck's Philosophy

Epigenetic Orthodontics opens and protects the airway enhancing breathing both during sleep and awake activities.

Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Traditional approaches do not consider the functioning capacity of the airway and how treatment can negatively, or positively affect breathing and sleep. A compromised airway puts health at risk at any age. If TMJ treatments, orthopedics, and orthodontics are planned well the airway is protected or enhanced. In fact in adults who have sleep apnea, facial orthopedic treatment can increase room for the tongue, and airway. There is increasing evidence that has demonstrated that mild to moderate sleep apnea can be cured with the approach Dr. Buck uses.

Please visit this site for more information; Airway Health