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AIRWAY CENTRIC ORTHODONTICS

A new way of looking at orthodontic treatment

What is Airway Centric?

For many years, dentistry – including orthodontics, has always focused on dental health, the care and repair of teeth and supporting structures. Due to the rapid growth in sleep and dental sleep medicine, maintaining the airway’s physiological function has shifted into high priority. This allows patients to be treated for airway problems that may be missed or will only be able to receive temporary relief if ignored.

What does Airway Centric change?

More than 50% of patients have an airway issue. This change in focus allows us to look beyond teeth to the nose, throat, muscles of the tongue, face, neck – and – beyond to the rest of the body. Suddenly all the dots are connected and we are fixing more than the teeth. We are helping to restore optimal health and oral function to each patient.

What are the benefits?

  • Optimizing airway passages assists breathing function and reduces the possibility of sleep apnea
  • Intervention and preventive measure are key to staying ahead of problems that can develop
  • Focusing on clear, open airways aids with overall sleep and breathing
  • Encouraging nasal breathing assists with adequate, natural development of jaw structure
  • Aids with overall sleep and breathing

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