Airway Management in Dallas, TX
Enjoy a Lifetime of Optimum Breathing & Improved Overall Health
Breathe Easy with Airway Orthodontics
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.
Orthodontic treatment isn’t just about giving you the smile of your dreams.
A common misconception about orthodontic treatment is that it only treats a primarily aesthetic problem. In truth, orthodontics can do so much more than changing the appearance of your smile.
When a facial structure is guided correctly, your breathing improves, and so does your health. 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?
Breathing is pretty important; oxygen is critical for keeping our tissues alive and functional. Breathing may seem to be automatic, but how we breathe is often behavioral. If our breathing behaviors are poor, they can have adverse effects on our nervous system, our body, our cognitive ability and our overall health.
Some of the effects of negative breathing behaviors include:
- Abnormal growth of the face and jaws
- Crowded or crooked teeth
- Bite problems
- Stunted growth
- Behavior problems
- Increased risk of developing chronic illness, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and liver disease
What Is Airway Orthodontics?
Airway orthodontics is a modern approach to orthodontics that seeks to address the underlying cause of obstructed breathing. Obstructed breathing can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Nasal congestion caused by allergies, a cold or a sinus infection
- Deviated septum
- Enlarged adenoids or tonsils
- Benign growths of tissue (nasal polyps) in the lining of your nose
- Enlarged nasal turbinates
- Shape of the nose
- Shape and size of the jaw
- A lower jaw that is set too far back, which causes the tongue to be set too far back, leading to airway obstruction
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, we recommend an airway evaluation with Dr. Ward.
Symptoms in Toddlers & Children
- Chronic lethargy
- Hyperactivity, ADHD or other behavior disorder
- Daytime fatigue
- Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose, outside of periods of illness or congestion
- Rapid shallow breathing
- Chronic nighttime restlessness, waking or nightmares
- Periods of no breathing or breath-holding while asleep
- Obesity, unexplained weight gain
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Undersized compared to their peers or slower-than-average growth
Symptoms in Adolescents & Adults
- Chronic daytime sleepiness despite a “full night’s sleep”
- Feeling tired when you wake up
- Dozing off during activities in the daytime
- Difficulty concentrating
- Poor school or work performance
- Periods of no breathing or breath-holding while asleep
- Mood swings, depression or anxiety
- Obesity and unexplained weight gain
- Difficulty losing weight
- High blood pressure
- Increased risk of chronic illness
- Low sex drive
Snore Appliance Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
As its name implies, snore appliance therapy is a treatment protocol for patients who are living with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It uses custom-fitted, adjustable oral appliances known as a Thornton Adjustable Positioner ® (TAP ®), which moves the jaw forward to prevent the airway from collapsing and causing breathing interruption. The appliance is worn only during sleep. This treatment is ideal for individuals who cannot tolerate a CPAP machine for a variety of reasons, including noise, discomfort or feelings of claustrophobia.
Severe cases of OSA may require a combination of the TAP appliance and a CPAP machine to achieve results.
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.