Technology That Can Change Lives

As an orthodontist, I have the opportunity to change my life. There is another aspect of my exercise – assessing respiratory problems in young and adult patients.

The i-CATTM 3D scan is a perfect aid for airway screening and provides the clinician with a complete image of the head and neck anatomy. With i-CAT’s 3D imaging software Tx STUDIOTM, I can view the airway area, get accurate anatomical views and measurements, and even see airway volumes with color-coded contractions. I can share these scans with other dental and medical professionals to help create a multidisciplinary approach to treatment planning.

My orthodontic exam often overlaps with treatment plans that lack airways. When I used Herbst appliances to treat children to help stimulate the growth of the jaw, I not only improved the alignment of the bones in the humerus, but also helped to open the patient’s airway. Although each patient is different, treating a defective diarrhea at an early age may help avoid late orthodontic surgery.

The implementation of its i-CAT FLX and all its 3D information has changed the way I diagnose and treat today.
Using i-CAT 3D scans, I analyzed the condylar position in a way that is not possible with 2D radiography. I can calibrate the Herbst corrector to get the best jaw growth correctly. In the past, I had to rely on manual manipulation to guess the distance that the Herbst device could advance the mandible. Unfortunately, muscle manipulation is an inaccurate science and many times when using Herbst, unpredictable results are produced.

Adults with mandibular defects and airway stenosis also benefited from i-CAT 3D scans. An older patient came to my office and TMD’s symptoms and pain caused her to go forward. My diagnosis of the CBCT scan showed her airway was very narrow. Her general dentist has provided a solution to her TMD problem. She uses a CPAP machine. A new scan of her splint showed that the dentist had made a good night’s care because her cockroaches were sitting in the joint socket; however, her airway was significantly worse. The CBCT scan revealed that when she was wearing her splint, her airway was now about 40 mm completely closed. The results of the second sleep study showed that she never reached REM sleep. Her doctor could not know the effect of the airway on the splint and planned to develop a stronger drug so that she could get deeper sleep. Due to her extremely narrow airway, splint, and a perfect storm of stronger medications, it is highly likely that patients will die in sleep. She now has a better, safer treatment plan and is working hard to find a solution.

The implementation of its i-CAT FLX and all its 3D information has changed the way I diagnose and treat today.

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