Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep associated breathing disorder with profound effects on the health and quality of life of individuals suffering from it. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing stops involuntarily for brief periods of time during sleep. The most common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring, and many people who snore loudly or frequently often suffer from sleep apnea to one extent or another.
What is Airway Orthodontics?
Airway-focused orthodontics studies the established link between optimal breathing and long-term health benefits. Certain oral habits and breathing obstructions can force the body to compensate for lower oxygen levels. Orthodontic treatment can be developed around sustaining the best airway possible, especially in growing children when airway problems can be caught early. Airways can be enlarged and developed. This is essential for patients suffering from sleep apnea and critical in children at risk for developing sleep apnea.
Treating Airway Disorders Is Cutting-Edge Orthodontics
Our approach to orthodontic treatment does not just factor in straightening teeth. Our orthodontists also analyze facial structure, nasal passages, sinuses and jaw development as part of their diagnostic evaluation. We recognize that the most effective orthodontic treatment works in conjunction with treatment for conditions like sleep apnea, snoring and other airway disorders.