Symptoms of Airway Problems
Airway problems can contribute to many seemingly unrelated health issues in both children and adults.
People of all ages can exhibit symptoms of airway problems. Here are a few to watch for:
- Dark circles under eyes ("panda" eyes)
- Mouth breathing
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Sleep apnea
- Excessive teeth wear
If you or your child are experiencing any of these symptoms, airway-focused orthodontics may help. We invite you to contact us to learn more or book an assessment with our orthodontic specialists.
How Airway-Focused Orthodontics Can Help
Traditionally, dentistry — including orthodontics — has focused on dental health: the care and repair of teeth and their supporting structures.
With the rapid growth in sleep and dental sleep medicine, maintaining the physiological function of the airway has become a high priority.
Our airway-focused approach to treatment allows us to effectively treat patients 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, we do more than fix teeth: we can help restore your health and oral function.
What Are the Features of Airway-Focused Orthodontics?
Taking preventive measures and treating airway issues early can be the key to staying ahead of issues that can develop into larger problems. By focusing on airway passages during orthodontic treatment, we are able to help promote effective breathing and help reduce the risk of sleep apnea.