Airway Management in Dallas, TX
Enjoy a Lifetime of Optimum Breathing & Improved Overall Health
A common misperception of orthodontic treatment is that it treats a problem that is primarily aesthetic. Indeed, the confidence that comes from straight teeth and a beautiful smile can benefit you throughout your life. Orthodontics is about more than looks, however. When a child’s facial structure is guided properly, there can be lasting positive effects on the way they breathe. As an orthodontist specializing in Airway Management in Dallas, TX, Dr. Ward and Face ForWard Orthodontics strive to provide orthodontic treatment that does more than straighten teeth – he seeks to provide your child with a lifetime of healthy breathing.
Why Is the Way You Breathe Important?
We all know breathing is important, as humans can go over 30 days (or more!) without food, up to 4-5 days without water, but going more than 2-3 minutes without air can result in brain damage! Breathing is a fundamental function of life that most of us do not think about! What many people don’t realize is that breathing is part “automatic”, part “behavioral”, and how we breathe has a tremendous effect on our nervous system, our body, and our overall health! Additionally, in growing individuals, mouth breathing adversely effects the growth of the jaws and arrangement of the teeth as well as the physiology (health) of the person. Thus It is possible to develop proper breathing habits (nasal diaphragmatic breathing very similar to breathing taught in martial arts, yoga, and meditation) as well as arrange the teeth and jaws in a way that minimizes stress and optimizes your overall health. On the other hand, it is also possible to breathe in a way that forces your body to compensate increasing the systemic stress on your body.
If your body regularly struggles with compensatory breathing due to upper airway resistence and poor breathing habits, numerous long-lasting health problems can result, including raising your risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. In younger children, chronic mouth breathing has even been definitively shown to change the shape of the developing face.
What Is Airway Orthodontics?
Airway orthodontics seeks to address the underlying cause of obstructed breathing, so you can enjoy a lifetime of optimum breathing and improved overall health. During your initial exam and diagnosis with Dr. Ward, our orthodontist for Airway Management will seek to answer the following questions:
- Has improper formation of the maxilla, mandible, or other components of the jaw and airway resulted in limited airflow during breathing?
- Are there other reasons for restricted airflow that are better addressed by another medical specialist?
- Has the patient had to compensate for limited airflow while breathing? Has this resulted in improper habits, such as accelerated breathing, tongue placement, or body posture?
- Have these compensations and/or genetic factors influenced the shape, size, or position of the jaw and face?
If Dr. Ward identifies any issues that could be helped with orthodontic treatment, he will discuss his recommendations with you during your initial consultation. Airway Orthodontic treatment is most effective in young children before their facial structure has fully developed, but it can also help adults to a limited degree
When Should You or Your Child See An Airway Management Expert?
If you or your child demonstrates any of the following symptoms, then we recommend an evaluation with our orthodontist and Airway Management expert, Dr. Ward.
Symptoms in Toddlers & Children
- Chronic lethargy
- Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose
- Rapid shallow breathing
- Chronic nighttime restlessness, waking, or nightmares
- Periods of no breathing or breath-holding while asleep
Symptoms in Adolescents & Adults
- Chronic daytime sleepiness despite a full night’s sleep
- Feeling unrested upon waking in the morning
- Dozing off during activities in the daytime
- Poor school or work performance
- Periods of no breathing or breath-holding while asleep
Snore Appliance Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
As its name implies, snore appliance therapy is a highly effective treatment for patients who have chronic snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), that combines both dental and medical technology to achieve maximum results. Patients wear a custom-fit, fully adjustable oral sleep appliance called a Thornton Adjustable Positioner® (TAP®), which holds their jaw forward and prevents the airway from collapsing. The appliance is worn only during sleep.
For more severe cases of OSA, the TAP appliance can be modified to hold a customized CPAP mask, providing both a stable, open airway and positive pressure. The TAP oral appliance is the only one of its kind that can attach a CPAP mask. Working closely with Sleepwell Solutions, Dr. Ward has effectively managed patients’ sleep disorders and improved their sleep health for the rest of their lives.
Experience Expert Airway Management in Dallas, TX Today
When you are ready to learn more about Face ForWard Orthodontics’ unique approach to treatment, give us a call at 214-304-8485 or CLICK HERE to request your or your child’s Face ForWard New Patient Assessment. This includes a discussion of your goals, digital x-rays, a 3D scan of your teeth, Airways Orthodontics exam, and a personalized treatment consultation.
During your new patient appointment, Dr. Ward and our knowledgeable team will make sure all of your questions are thoroughly answered about our office, our orthodontic treatments, our Lifetime Guarantee, flexible payment options, and anything else that you would like to know about us!
Come experience our Dallas, TX orthodontic office. You will quickly discover that we offer innovative orthodontic treatment options to all our patients – so you can become the very best version of yourself and face the world with confidence.
As one of the premier orthodontic practices in Dallas, TX our doctor and team at Face ForWard Orthodontics also provide 5-star orthodontic care to patients from Highland Park, University Park & Lakewood, TX, and Surrounding Areas.