Airway-Centered Dentistry for Children

Symptoms & Treatments

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Signs Your Child’s Airway is Underdeveloped or Obstructed

  • Mouth breathing and difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Teeth emerge crooked or crowded, narrow top or bottom arch
  • Regular snoring or noisy breathing while asleep
  • Bedwetting
  • Delayed speech development or speech impediment
  • Trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep at night or for naps
  • Persistent coughing with no underlying illness
  • Asthma-like symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Chronic allergies and recurring ear infections
  • Difficulty swallowing food, drinking

If untreated, these symptoms will persist through adolescence and into adulthood, putting your child at risk for serious health problems, including:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Chronic breathing issues
  • Recurring respiratory and sinus infections
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes

Treat Airway Development Problems Before They Start

Early preventative treatment to develop your child’s airway and jaw promotes healthy growth while their facial structure can be easily guided in the right direction. This type of early intervention sets children up for a healthy oral environment rather than forcing change later on in life, when treatment is more time consuming, uncomfortable, and inconvenient.

Myofunctional Therapy at Dr. Ian Gray Dental Group

The term “myofunctional” refers to anything related to muscle function in orthodontic treatment. Therefore, treatments that promote healthy jaw, facial, and airway development are considered myofunctional because these factors contribute to facial muscle function.

At Dr. Ian Gray Dental Group, we use Oral Appliances, including Myobrace® and VIVOS, for children starting at 4 years old as preventative orthodontic treatment to promote healthy growth, proper breathing, and optimal oral health.

Treatment normally involves a series of oral appliances that need to be worn overnight and
1-2 hours a day to:

  • Properly develop and align the jaws
  • Optimize facial development and proportions
  • Open up the airway
  • Encourage nose breathing over mouth breathing

  • Create room for adult teeth to come in/straighten misaligned teeth
  • Teach healthy chewing and swallowing
  • Correct resting tongue position
  • Promote optimal long-term oral and overall health

What to Expect

Myofunctional treatment typically starts by correcting poor oral health habits, including mouth breathing, improper tongue position, thumb sucking, and incorrect swallowing. We use different intraoral appliances in several stages to correct the causes of airway development problems.

Treatment can begin as young as 4 years old. Older children and young teens are also eligible for treatment, but it usually requires extra time to achieve optimal outcomes. As with any orthodontic treatment, compliance is the key to success!

Health Benefits of Myofunctional Therapy

With a properly developed airway, issues like recurring sinus infections, upper respiratory problems, snoring, sleep apnea, chronic allergies, and asthma become less severe or go away altogether. Myofunctional therapy also promotes good dietary and oral habits, allowing children to grow and develop to their full potential.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation for your child.

Airway-Centered Dentistry can improve your quality of life!

Opening the airway can reduce or eliminate symptoms of OSA, TMD, and many oral diseases. A healthy airway also lowers the risk of chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. Airway therapy in children promotes proper facial development, better oral health, and fewer chronic or recurring respiratory health problems.

Contact us today to learn how airway-centered dentistry can improve your health and to schedule a consultation for yourself or a family member!