Airway and Orthodontics
Airway orthodontics seeks to identify children and some adults experiencing cessation of breathing while sleeping,snoring or labored breathing.
”“The first and most important area of craniofacial growth and development are the individual’s breathing habits.”
Our office now has tools that allow us to incorporate airway analysis on a day-to-day basis. Low-dose 3D imaging, and our ability to accurately superimpose 3D images all contribute to our understanding and diagnose airway problems.
OSA( obstructive sleep apnea) has been associated with increased risk of stroke, hypertension, obesity, congestive heart failure, Type 2 diabetes, motor vehicle accidents, and reduced quality of life. Chronic exhaustion from not enough sleep, leads to difficulties with memory, intimacy, and interpersonal relationships, as well as Type 2 diabetes, which means choosing carefully which foods to eat and when.
Our office found that properly planned orthodontic treatment alters the anatomy of the face and mouth in ways that can have a profound positive effect on the airway, and eliminate or reduce the severity of OSA. Our doctors treatment plan with airway in mind. Every decision is designed to be “Airway Friendly.”
If you would like more information on how airway may be effecting you or your child, please contact our office!