101 Signs an Airway-Focused Dentist Could Help You With Your Poor Facial Growth or Sleep Issues

    1. Crooked teeth
    2. Tongue tie
    3. Scalloped tongue
    4. Dark rings under the eyes
    5. Crook in the nose
    6. Low cheekbones
    7. Ears flared out
    8. Mouth breather
    9. Deviated septum
    10. Long, narrow face
    11. Gingivitis, especially on the front teeth
    12. Chapped lips
    13. Forward head posture
    14. Lips apart at rest
    15. Muscle strain on the chin
    16. Improper swallow
    17. Limited jaw opening
    18. Flaccid lower lip
    19. Upper lip accentuated cupids bow
    20. Tongue thrust
    21. Small lower jaw
    22. Asymmetrical smile
    23. Missing teeth
    24. Large overbite
    25. Large overjet
    26. Anterior crossbite
    27. Posterior crossbite
    28. Sore muscles in the head
    29. Sore muscles on neck and shoulders
    30. Sunken midface
    31. Lip frenum attachment
    32. High palate
    33. Narrow palate
    34. Congenitally missing teeth
    35. Poor posture – belly and butt out
    36. TMJ pain or popping
    37. Migraines
    38. Headaches
    39. Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
    40. Grinding teeth
    41. Clenching teeth
    42. Balance problems
    43. Asthma
    44. Allergies
    45. Allergic shiners and salute
    46. Eczema
    47. Runny nose
    48. Stuffy nose
    49. High blood pressure
    50. Diabetes
    51. Poor circulation
    52. Gangrene
    53. Memory loss
    54. Poor memory
    55. Alzheimer’s
    56. Dementia
    57. Acid reflux
    58. Low back pain
    59. Plantar fasciitis
    60. Immune problems
    61. Metabolic problems
    62. Restless sleep
    63. Bed wetting
    64. Difficult to awake
    65. Non-restorative sleep
    66. Fatigue
    67. Lack of energy
    68. Sleep Apnea
    69. Snoring
    70. Daytime sleepiness
    71. Nocturnal urination
    72. Light sleeper
    73. Feeling of suffocation when sleep
    74. Nightmares
    75. Pauses in breathing
    76. Coughing, choking or snorting
    77. Nighttime sweating
    78. Sleep terror
    79. Overweight
    80. Obesity
    81. Depression
    82. Anxiety
    83. ADHD
    84. Difficulty concentrating
    85. Fidgety
    86. C-section
    87. Difficult birth
    88. Premature birth
    89. Frequent ear infections
    90. Recurrent respiratory infections
    91. Frequent throat infections
    92. Difficulty swallowing
    93. Development delays
    94. Short stature for age
    95. Low birth weight
    96. Prolonged use of a pacifier
    97. Thumb sucking
    98. Heavy breathing when sleeping (children)
    99. Poor grades
    100. Disruptive student
    101. Use of Traditional orthodontic treatment

    What is Airway Orthodontics? 

    Airway orthodontics is a relatively new and expanding branch of orthodontics that focuses on improving an individual’s airway by addressing any underlying problems with the jaw, teeth, or tongue position.

    Airway Orthodontics aims to optimize the upper airway, allowing for proper breathing. Many patients experience tremendous improvements in symptoms related to sleep-disordered breathing, such as snoring and sleep apnea.

    The courses of treatment often involve a combination of orthodontic appliances, such as braces or clear aligners, and orthopedic appliances, such as splints or functional orthopedic appliances, to reposition the jaw and enhance the airway. Because every case is unique, our dentist will provide you with a customized treatment plan that addresses your particular goals. 

    Airway Orthodontic Treatment

    One of the very first questions patients ask when starting Airway treatment is how long it will take. We advise our patients that the length of airway orthodontic treatment can vary depending on the severity of the problem and the type of treatment we are using.

    On average, treatment can last anywhere from 6 to 24 months. The more complex cases may take longer. Another determining factor of the length of treatment is the patient’s cooperation and compliance with wearing their appliances as prescribed.

    For the most successful treatment, regular follow-up visits with our Airway Orthodontist are necessary so that we may monitor your progress and adjust the treatment as needed. Below we discuss one of the most common airway treatment offerings, the Myobrace System. 

    “Dr. Dawn uses a research-based, exceptionally effective approach to dentistry/orthodontia that I haven’t seen anywhere else. My spouse and I both had extensive orthodontia as children and young adults, so when I heard Dr. Dawn talk about her approach, I was intrigued enough to take my children for an evaluation. The techniques she uses have helped my children’s mouths (and bodies) grow appropriately. When things don’t go smoothly or as expected, Dr. Dawn has a seemingly limitless list of ideas and tools. I heartily recommend giving Dr. Dawn and her approach a try!”

    -Erin Clausen