True collaborative and customized care is needed to ensure that each patient has the best chance to achieve their goals for better airway, sleep and breathing. Here is a list of local collaborators that Dr. Tran works most commonly with in the greater Houston area.
Most commonly Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) or Registered Dental Hygienists (RDHs) may undergo additional training to be able to offer myofunctional therapy. At Airway Alliance, myofunctional therapists are considered the "personal trainers of the mouth." They are integral in optimizing the function of the orofacial complex.
Here is a list of myofunctional therapists that collaborate the most with The Airway Alliance.
Lactation consultants are the primary caregivers of the newborn family unit that are relied upon heavily to educate and improve the FUNCTION of the oral complex. Whether breastfeeding or bottle-feeding is preferred, International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) who are "tie-savvy" have continuing education requirements that keep them up-to-date with what they need to know to make FEEDING work.
Here is a list of IBCLCs that collaborate the most with The Airway Alliance.
"Bodywork" is a catch-all term that refers to therapeutic modalities that involve bodily manipulation to improve function. Common modalities include chiropractic care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, osteopathic manipulation, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and massage therapy. Don't let the media fool you into thinking a certain way about bodywork - the type of bodywork that we espouse is not about sensational cracking of necks and popping joints.
Here is a list of bodyworkers who collaborate the most with The Airway Alliance.
Dr. Christopher Tran, Airway Alliance ENT
Dr. Tran is on the cutting edge of ENT providers in the nation who consider a fully functional integrated orofacial complex in treating disorders of sleep, breathing, swallowing, and myofascial pain.
The maxillofacial and mandibular anatomy (upper and lower jaws) plays a critical role in causation of sleep apnea and breathing restriction. Dental collaborators include sleep-focused dentists, orthodontists, periodontists, and oral surgeons. Close collaboration between ENT and dental providers is critical in order to optimally treat these problems.
Here is a list of dental providers who collaborate the most with The Airway Alliance.
Many More Collaborators
Many healthcare providers may need to be involved in order to optimize the chances of success in the pursuit of not only a better airway for breathing and sleep but also generally a better quality of life. Below is a spotlight on some of these collaborators.