“What greater stress is there than the desire to breathe or the need to breathe?”
– Dr. Joseph Dastrup
Dr. Joseph Dastrup on Our Body’s Stress Response to Being Unable to Breathe
Dr. Dastrup became a dentist because he is passionate about people and enjoyed the idea of helping to instill confidence in them through their smiles. While he successfully did this for many patients through the years, Vivos has given him a new outlook and a way to extend his positive impact beyond an individual’s teeth.
“I would tell another dentist that being able to impact your patients’ lives in such a positive way is only gonna give you more satisfaction,” he shared. “I mean, you’re changing lives.”
Before becoming a VIP, Dr. Dastrup, like many dentists, noticed commonalities amongst his patients, including grinding, clenching, jaw pain or discomfort, misalignment, and more. “We would [initially] say, ‘Oh, this is stress related.’ But what greater stress is there than the desire to breathe or the need to breathe?”
Once dentists learn about sleep and airway and the influence of western culture on the development of the jaw, it’s impossible to unlearn it. It becomes quite clear that the vast majority of individuals breathe through their mouths. This only worsens their outlook as mouth breathing is not as efficient or effective as nasal breathing. When we breathe air through our noses, it is filtered and warmed. We can extend our torso and utilize the total capacity of our lungs. We can’t accomplish this while breathing through the mouth.
When asked about how his newfound knowledge has changed his life and practice, Dr. Dastrup shared, “It changes my approach to dentistry. It gives me more purpose. I really feel that this is the future of dentistry and, as the world looks for more answers, I think it’s cool that the dentist is playing a role in this.”
I’m Dr. Joseph Dastrup. I practice, uh, general dentist, I’m a general dentist in Davidson, North Carolina, and I’ve been practicing a little over 12 years. I would tell another dentist that being able to impact your patients’ lives in such a positive way is only going to give you more satisfaction, you know, to, to your career. I mean, you’re changing lives. I think some of the most common signs and symptoms, well, crowding for one. Um, it seems like it’s just like a rite of passage now that you turn 14 or 15 and now you go into braces, you know, and then you don’t wear your retainer and, and things come back. So we see a lot of grinding, you know, a lot of grinding where we used to say, ‘oh, this is stress-related.’ But , you know, what greater stress is there than, than the desire to breathe, the, the need to breathe. And, uh, noticing that people don’t breathe through their noses. They breathe through their mouths and, uh, how that will lead to the underdevelopment of the jaws. It changes my approach to dentistry. Uh, I think it gives me more purpose. So, um, I became a dentist, um, because I like people, and confidence is one thing that I’d like to be able to, to instill or give to people, which is something we can do as dentists. But, I, I really feel that this is the future of dentistry, you know, and, um, as, as the world looks for more, more answers. I think it’s cool that the dentist is playing a role in this. Not only that, but I also feel, I feel this obligation, you know, when you have this knowledge. I feel this obligation to, to help people.