Airway-focused orthodontics is a relatively new medical subfield that studies the established link between optimal breathing and long-term health benefits.
Certain oral habits and breathing obstructions can force the body to compensate for lower oxygen levels.
Research shows that the body’s continuous struggle for adequate oxygen over an extended period of time can mean an increased risk for numerous health problems. Episodes of complete or partial upper airway obstruction during sleep, known as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA, occur in more than 18 million American adults, and up to 5 percent of children. They are associated with medical health problems such as learning and behavioral problems, heart disease, and impaired growth.
Signs and symptoms of OSA include:
- Aggressive Behavior
- Ear/Sinus Infections
- Restless Sleep
- Short Attention Span
- Swollen Tonsils
- Narrow Jaws
- High Blood Pressure
- Lung Disease
- Bed Wetting
- Mouth Breathing
- Daytime Drowsiness
- Chronic Allergies
- Enlarged Adenoids
- Overlapping Incisors
- Diminished Mental Capacity (IQ)
- Facial & Jaw Deformities
Treating Airway Disorders Is Cutting-Edge Orthodontics
Dr. Kort Igel‘s approach to orthodontic treatment does not just factor in straightening teeth. He incorporates the latest research about the harmful effects of sleep disorders and airway blockages. Our orthodontist also analyzes facial structure, nasal passages, sinuses and jaw development as part of his diagnostic evaluation. He recognizes that the most effective orthodontic treatment works in conjunction with treatment for conditions like sleep apnea, snoring and other airway disorders.
Our State-of-the-Art Technology Examines Your Breathing as Part of Our Orthodontic Assessment
Igel Orthodontics starts the process by using our in-office diagnostic scanning technology or i-CAT, to construct a high-quality 3D image of the mouth, neck and throat. This advanced diagnostic equipment reveals any structural issues related to restricted airways or sinus abnormalities. In fact, we often find that the i-CAT’s results more accurately pinpoint why you or your child are not sleeping well, wake up sleepy, have a constant runny nose, frequent ear infections or even have trouble in school or at work. If you would like to schedule a consultation to learn more about airway orthodontics in Omaha, Nebraska, call our office today at (402) 330-1152 to schedule your free consultation.