Airway Orthodontics

At Wyoming Springs Orthodontics, we believe in a more comprehensive approach to orthodontic care, prioritizing not just straight teeth and a beautiful smile, but also the long-term health and well-being of our patients. Our focus extends beyond cosmetic enhancements to encompass the fundamental importance of proper airway function. Airway Orthodontics constitutes a specialized branch of orthodontic treatment aimed at expanding the airway to address conditions such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB).

Understanding Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB)

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious sleep disorder characterized by the partial or complete obstruction of the airway during sleep, leading to interruptions in breathing and fragmented sleep patterns. This results in oxygen deprivation, triggering the body's stress response mechanisms and impacting overall health. Sleep Disordered Breathing encompasses a spectrum of breathing abnormalities during sleep, ranging from snoring to more severe forms of OSA.

Signs and Symptoms

Recognizing the signs of OSA and SDB is crucial for early intervention and treatment. Common symptoms include:

  • Snoring
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Enlarged Tonsils/Adenoids
  • Facial & Jaw Deformities
  • Restless Sleep & Daytime Drowsiness
  • Moodiness
  • Short Attention Span or ADD/ADHD
  • Bed Wetting


Several factors contribute to the development of OSA and SDB, including:

  • Obstructive tissues such as enlarged tonsils, adenoids, and nasal structures.
  • Tongue positioning issues due to narrow jaws or a recessive upper and lower jaw.
  • Structural abnormalities like a deviated septum.

Treatment Approach

Our approach to Airway Orthodontics prioritizes growth-oriented techniques aimed at expanding the jaw and creating adequate space for the tongue to ensure unobstructed airflow. Treatment modalities may include:

  • Jaw expansion techniques instead of removal of healthy teeth
  • Advancement of upper and/or lower jaws
  • Collaboration with Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists for the management of obstructive tissues

Early Intervention

Early detection and intervention are key to addressing airway-related issues. While orthodontic correction is typically initiated around 7-8 years of age, we encourage parents to seek evaluation as soon as any signs of airway obstruction are observed, even as early as 3-6 years of age.

Schedule a Consultation

If you suspect that you or your child may be experiencing symptoms of OSA or SDB, we invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation with our team. Together, we can assess your needs and develop a personalized treatment plan to promote optimal airway function and overall health. Contact Wyoming Springs Orthodontics today to take the first step towards a healthier, happier smile.

Wyoming Springs Orthodontics

  • Wyoming Springs Orthodontics - 7215 Wyoming Springs Dr., Suite 1000, Round Rock, TX 78681 Phone: 512-255-4444 Fax: 512-255-1750

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