Airway Focused Orthodontics
Does your child breathe through their mouth while they sleep? Do you snore? These may be signs of airway problems which can be treated by airway focused orthodontics.
Symptoms of Airway Problems
The following symptoms are quite common in both adults and children suffering from airway problems. Do any of these symptoms sound familiar to you? If this is the case, airway focused orthodontics may be the treatment for you.
- Thumb sucking
- Dark circles under eyes ("panda" eyes)
- Mouth breathing
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Grinding and excessive teeth wear
These are just some of the signs of airway issues for both children and adults. If you or your child are experiencing any of them, contact us to book a airway focused orthodontics assessment with our orthodontic specialists.
How Airway Focused Orthodontics Helps
Historically, dentistry and orthodontics have focused on dental health. This includes caring for and repairing teeth and their supporting structures.
With the increase in the study of sleep and dental sleep medical practices, caring for the physiological function of patients' airways has become a higher priority.
This approach to treatment allows us to treat clients with airway problems that we may otherwise have only been able to relieve temporarily, or perhaps missed altogether.
The shift in focus enables us to look beyond the teeth to the nose, throat, face, neck, tongue muscles, and the rest of the body.
Now, our orthodontist does more than fix teeth. We strive to help restore your oral function and airway health.
What are the benefits of Airway Focused Orthodontics?
Treating airways issues and taking preventive measures early is critical to keeping ahead of health issues that may develop into much larger problems. By focusing on airway passages throughout our orthodontic treatment, we are able to promote effective breathing in our patients and reduce conditions like sleep apnea.