This is part 3 of our five-part series
Guilderland, NY Our modern lifestyle has caused an epidemic of Airway-centered disorders that have had disastrous effects on our national health including increasing prevalence of childhood obesity and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) where children are medicated for emotions, concentration or behavior. The ability to breathe properly and deeply is vitally connected to deep and restorative sleep. Breathing properly during sleep is intimately tied to maintaining healthy brain chemistry in children (as well as adults).
Airway Centric is a new approach to health based on prioritizing our ability to breathe well, especially during sleep. It is a system aimed at recognizing and correcting Airway Centered Disorders. The first step is observation because 27% of our children have some form of abnormal breathing and abnormal facial anatomy and this largely remains unrecognizable by both parents and healthcare providers. It starts with parents observing their children while they sleep from birth onwards, emphasizing prevention and treatment. This solution includes physicians and healthcare providers, therefore allowing dentists to become part of a collaboration team of caregivers. The goal with this approach is to show the big picture of health at all ages and stages of life, with open airways standing as the central basis of all health and well-being. Airway impairment needs to be recognized by all specialties examining the patient: the obstetrician will deliver a premature infant; the lactation counselor could observe poor breast feeding or a tight tongue attachment; the pediatrician checks for ear infections, allergies and developmental problems; the pediatric ENT might evaluate enlarged tonsils and adenoids or place tubes in ears; the pediatric dentist might note that a child has an open-lipped posture and week muscles around the mouth, jaws and face; or a preschool teacher might see the sleepy yet hyperactive child. All of these conditions indicate potential presence or development of an airway-centered disorder.
The earlier we recognize an airway problem and the earlier we implement intervention, the greater the mental and physical health benefits to the child for the rest of his or her life. Our goal is to help treat yourself and your family to start reversing the tide. Your health, your performance and your life depend on your ability to breathe well. Better breathing equals healthier lives!
Call today for an appointment to have your children evaluated.
Wish Oshins of Smiles,
Dr. Steven Oshins
Dr. Steven Oshins is committed to achieving extra-ordinary levels, expanding both knowledge and application skills in restorative dentistry in order to provide his patients with the highest standard of care. He is not here to judge patients, but to thoroughly learn about each patient’s oral condition, determine their susceptibility to future breakdown, and discuss a plan to help them successfully achieve and maintain a healthy and attractive smile.
A lifelong capital district resident, Dr. Oshins graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He pursued his childhood dream of becoming a dentist because it combined his love of science and technology and the visual arts with his overwhelming passion to help people. While in dental school, he was one of two students across the United States selected for an internship at the Unites States Penitentiary, Atlanta Dental Clinic, where he worked under the most prestigious dentists in the Federal Government.
Upon graduation, he completed his two-year residency at Ellis Medicine in Schenectady, NY. During his second year of residency, he worked with various local oncologists and cardiologists and developed protocols for patients prior to starting chemotherapy, radiation treatment, or cardiac surgery. He stayed on as a staff dentist until 2000, when he opened up his private practice in Guilderland, NY. Dedicated to providing his patients with the most effective, up-to-date, and proven dental treatments, techniques, and options, he pursued multiple post-graduate programs in advanced dentistry, studying under the top dentists in the world, such as Dr. John Kois, Dr. Frank Spear, Dr. John West, and Dr. Ronald Jackson, completing over one hundred continuing education hours each year. He recently graduated from the renowned Kois Center, an advanced didactic and clinical program for practicing dentists, after completing a comprehensive, rigorous nine course curriculum with the latest advances in esthetic, occlusion, implant, and restorative dentistry.
Because of his compassion for others, he donates his personal time and professional services to local schools and humanitarian organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity and Freihofer Run for Women. He taught radiology and worked in the clinic for eight years at Hudson Valley Community College in the Dental Hygiene program and has a current faculty position at Ellis Hospital Residency program. He also writes a monthly article for the Guilderland Our Towne newspaper in hopes of sharing his knowledge of how to achieve lifelong oral health. He hopes to realize his dream of participating in missions to impoverished countries to teach proper oral health and provide services to the needy.
He is a current member of the American Dental Association, New Your State Dental Society, Western New York Kois Study Group, Third District Society, Ellis Medicine Implant Study Club, and Guilderland Chamber of Commerce.
In his spare time, Dr. Oshins enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially with his aunt and uncle at their camp in Lapland Lake, NY. A standout soccer player in high school, he continues his love of the sport by playing in local recreational leagues. He also enjoys all sports, working out, traveling, biking, kayaking, photography, and the arts. He continues his passion for cooking and takes classes at the Culinary Institute of America and Schenectady Community College.
Dr. Oshins’ greatest achievement is the difference he makes in his patients’ lives by helping them smile.