Airway Awareness

Airway Awareness

Airway awareness is an oral health care practice that focuses on proper breathing and oral hygiene. The American Dental Association reports that 30 million Americans suffer from some type of sleep disorder each year. Patients often come to us with complaints of symptoms such as snoring, grinding teeth, headaches, and daytime sleepiness. These symptoms can be related to other conditions that cause obstruction of the airway. An airway evaluation can determine if these symptoms are related to airway obstruction.

The importance of proper breathing

Many patients visit us complaining of snoring, sleep apnea, and dry mouth. These issues can all be related. Although snoring and sleep apnea are common, they are also serious issues that can disrupt your daily activities and sleep cycles.

Snoring occurs when you breathe through your mouth while you sleep. This can cause the soft tissues in the back of your throat to vibrate. The soft palate, uvula, and tongue can all contribute to snoring. If you have sleep apnea, the condition can also affect your breathing patterns and your ability to breathe properly while you sleep.

What are the signs of airway obstruction?

The symptoms of airway obstruction may include snoring, sleepiness, and pauses in breathing called apnea pauses. Typically, children will snore and pause breathing in their sleep, but if you notice pauses in breathing during the day, such as when your child is eating, that could indicate a problem. If breathing pauses occur for more than 10 seconds, you should contact your dentist right away. 

Why is airway awareness important?

The mouth and throat are passageways for air. If they aren’t in proper working order, your health can suffer. Airway awareness is a practice that focuses on the mouth and throat and how they function. It focuses on proper breathing and oral hygiene and aims to prevent and treat sleep apnea, snoring, and certain breathing disorders.

What is an airway evaluation?

An airway evaluation is a series of tests performed by a sleep dentist to measure your airway and identify any problems that may contribute to sleep-disordered breathing. Sleep dentists use advanced technology to help them identify the causes of sleep apnea, as well as the most effective treatment.

To find out more about the dental services offered at Pobanz Orthodontics, call (801)-627-0500 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 1508 Skyline Dr Ste 200 South Ogden, UT 84405 or 2717 N Hwy 89, Ste. 300, Pleasant View, Utah 84404.

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1508 Skyline Dr Ste 200, South Ogden, UT 84405

Phone: (801) 627-0500

Email: pobanzorthodontics@webracem.com

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2717 N Hwy 89, Ste. 300, Pleasant View, Utah 84404

Phone: (801) 627-0500

Email: pobanzorthodontics@webracem.com

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