Dr. Gage and Dr. Harfield provide Airway Focused Treatment, which means that they will focus on straightening teeth and will evaluate whether you require any other services that may help you breathe easier to alleviate symptoms that you may be experiencing.
What is Airway Focused Treatment?
Orthodontics is not strictly about straight teeth! Our approach addresses some problems that arise when maintaining the airway’s physiological function. This allows patients to be treated for airway problems that may be missed or may only be able to receive temporary relief if ignored.
Orthodontic treatment incorporates early and preventive treatment to help alleviate symptoms concerned with breathing issues. By developing a child’s jaw structure at an early age, future issues may be able to be prevented.
What does this mean for my treatment?
Orthodontists are able to look beyond teeth to the nose, throat, muscles of the tongue, face, neck, and to the rest of the body.
Everything in your body works together, and orthodontic problems can sometimes cause or exacerbate health problems in the rest of your body, particularly breathing issues.
We consider it our job to help individuals with more than just their oral health; we also address your overall health.
Our goal is to help restore optimal health and oral function to each patient.
What are the benefits?
- Optimizing airway passages can assist breathing function
- Intervention and preventive measures are key to staying ahead of problems that can develop
- Encouraging nasal breathing assists with adequate, natural development of jaw structure
Symptoms of Airway Conditions
- Dark circle “Panda” eyes
- Mouth breathing
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Thumb sucking
- Grinding & excessive teeth wear
- Multiple (recurrent) ear infections
- Retruded/protruded lower jaw
- Narrow jaws
- Crooked teeth
- Migraine headaches
- TMJ symptoms