Airway Orthodontics


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Airway Orthodontics for Los Angeles

Airway focused orthodontics & airway health

Imagine a branch of dental care that goes beyond just giving you a stunning smile. Airway Orthodontics is all about that and more. It’s not just about aligning those pearly whites; it’s about diving deep into the causes behind obstructive sleep apnea, mouth breathing, and ensuring your breathing is as effortless as a gentle breeze. Our mission? To help you breathe better, sleep better, and live better.

Airway health refers to the proper function and structure of the pathways that allow for efficient breathing. A healthy airway supports proper nasal breathing, which is vital for optimal oxygen intake, enhancing general health, and reducing the risk of sleep disordered breathing and other health problems.

Airway Orthodontics for Southern California

Nasal breathing is crucial for children

Nose breathing isn’t just beneficial – it’s crucial for your child’s development. It plays a pivotal role in shaping their facial growth, ensuring their teeth align just right, and bolstering their overall health from head to toe. This natural way of breathing keeps their airways open and supports the proper growth of their face, warding off common breathing-related issues. More than that, kids who breathe through their noses tend to sidestep troubles like sleep apnea and snoring, and they’re even less likely to face the behavioral challenges often linked with ADHD. It’s about laying a healthy foundation for their growth, ensuring they’re set up for a future filled with bright smiles and restful nights.

Literature also shows that children with breathing problems like snoring, mouth breathing, or apnea are 40–100 times more likely to develop behavioral problems resembling ADHD. As per the data of the National Sleep Foundation, ADHD may be associated with a variety of sleep problems.

Young girl's snoring keeps her little sister awake. Nasal breathing is crucial for your child's development

Airway Disorders

In the world of airway orthodontics, we meet a trio of troublemakers quite often: mouth breathing, snoring, and sleep apnea. Each has its own story and solutions, and here’s how we approach them:

Mouth Breathing

Mouth breathing might seem harmless, almost a quirky trait, but it’s a signal we don’t ignore. It can sideline the healthy development of facial structure and even affect dental health. When we breathe through our mouths, especially as children, it can lead to everything from dry mouth to crooked teeth. But fear not! With our personalized treatment plans, we encourage the shift towards proper nasal breathing, helping to promote optimal health and a stunning smile that lights up the room.


Snoring isn’t just a source of bedtime annoyance; it’s like a silent alarm bell for underlying health issues. It can be a sign of obstructed airways that disrupts the sweet symphony of a good night’s sleep. But here’s the good news: with the right approach, snoring can often be reduced or even eliminated. Our treatments, including removable oral appliances and tailored orthodontic interventions, aim to clear the path for smooth, silent breathing at night. So, you can dream peacefully and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the day.

Does anything really work to stop snoring?

Absolutely! Several treatments can significantly reduce or even stop snoring. From removable oral appliances designed to keep your airway open at night to tailored lifestyle changes and orthodontic treatments like palatal expansion, there’s a solution that can work for you. It’s all about finding the right fit for your unique needs.

What is the best cure for snoring?

The “best” cure varies from person to person, but combining lifestyle adjustments (like sleeping on your side and maintaining a healthy weight) with effective treatments such as oral appliances or palatal expansion often leads to the most peaceful nights. Consulting with an orthodontist, like Dr. Hakim, who specializes in airway orthodontics can help you discover the best approach for your snoring.

Is there a way to permanently stop snoring?

Permanent relief from snoring is possible, especially when the underlying causes are addressed. Treatments like orthodontic adjustments, managing sleep apnea, and ensuring proper nasal breathing can offer long-lasting solutions. It’s about more than a quick fix; it’s a journey to better health.

Are there any anti snoring devices that actually work?

Yes, there are! Removable oral appliances have a proven track record of reducing or stopping snoring for many individuals. These devices, customized to fit your mouth, help maintain an open airway throughout the night, making them a game-changer for snorers and their partners alike.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is the stealthy disruptor of restful nights, where breathing stops and starts, leaving you tired even after a full night’s sleep. It’s a condition that doesn’t just steal your zzz’s but can lead to more serious health concerns if left unaddressed. Our approach to tackling sleep apnea involves a deep dive into its root causes, from airway obstructions to misaligned jaws, and crafting a treatment plan that may include orthodontic treatments or specialized appliances to ensure your airway stays open all night long. Our goal? To turn every night into a journey of uninterrupted, rejuvenating sleep.

How can I improve sleep apnea naturally?

Improving sleep apnea naturally involves lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, practicing good sleep hygiene, and adopting sleeping positions that promote better breathing. Additionally, exercises that strengthen the muscles of the throat can also be beneficial.

What is the most effective treatment for sleep apnea?

The most effective treatment varies but often includes CPAP therapy, oral appliance therapy, and sometimes surgical options for severe cases. Orthodontic treatments like palatal expansion can also alleviate symptoms by addressing structural issues contributing to sleep apnea.

What are the 3 types of sleep apnea?

The three types of sleep apnea are obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea (CSA), and complex or mixed sleep apnea, which is a combination of OSA and CSA. Each type has different causes and treatments, highlighting the importance of a tailored treatment plan.

What are the side effects of untreated sleep apnea?

Untreated sleep apnea can lead to a range of side effects, including daytime fatigue, high blood pressure, heart problems, type 2 diabetes, and liver issues. It can also affect mental health, contributing to issues like depression and anxiety.

Young woman tries pinning the nose of her snoring boyfriend to get him to stop snoring

Chronic snoring can affect your health and sleeping, as well as your loved ones. Consider airway orthodontic treatment in Los Angeles.

Treatment options to achieve proper nasal breathing

At Orthospaceship, we’re not just about identifying problems; we’re about crafting solutions that fit your life and transform your health. When it comes to addressing airway disorders, we have a suite of treatments tailored to meet your needs and ensure you’re on the path to optimal breathing and overall well-being.

Removable Oral Appliances

Think of removable oral appliances as your personal nighttime guardians. Sleek, discreet, and incredibly effective, these appliances are designed to ensure your airway remains open while you sleep, tackling issues like snoring and sleep apnea head-on. Custom-fitted to your mouth, they gently reposition your jaw or tongue to prevent airway obstruction, ensuring you get the restorative sleep your body needs to thrive.

Orthodontics: Making Room for Your Tongue

Expanding the palate of your mouth might sound like a grand architectural project, but it’s actually a gentle, precise way to create more space in your mouth. By gradually widening the upper jaw, this treatment helps correct narrow palates and misalignments that contribute to breathing difficulties. It’s not just about creating a beautiful smile; it’s about laying the foundation for a healthier, more balanced airway. With options for both kids and adults, palatal expansion is a game-changer for promoting proper nasal breathing and enhancing facial aesthetics.

Palatal Expansion for Kids

Whether you’re guiding your child towards a healthier future or looking to improve your own breathing and dental health, palatal expansion offers a breath of fresh air for all ages. This treatment gently guides the development of the jaw and airway in children, setting them up for a lifetime of better breathing. And for adults, it’s never too late to make a change. Palatal expansion can relieve crowding, improve breathing, and even enhance the effectiveness of other treatments like orthodontics and sleep apnea interventions.

Palatal Expansion for Adults

It’s a common myth that orthodontic treatments are just for kids. Adults wondering about palate expanders, take heart: it’s possible and effective to embrace change at any stage of life. While treatment in adults may require a different approach than in children, the benefits of improved airway health, better sleep, and enhanced dental alignment are ageless. With our expertise, we’ll explore the best options for your unique needs, ensuring that your treatment brings you closer to the health and happiness you deserve.

Embarking on the path of palatal expansion comes with questions about cost, success rates, and what to expect. We believe in transparency and support through every step of your journey. While costs can vary based on individual needs and treatment length, the investment in orthodontic treatment to expand your airway is an investment in a lifetime of improved health and confidence. With high success rates and a supportive team by your side, the journey towards a wider palate and better breathing is one we’ll navigate together.

How long do adults have to wear a palate expander?

Adults typically wear a palate expander for about 6 to 12 months, depending on the specific goals of their treatment. Your orthodontist will guide you through the process, ensuring the treatment is effective and as comfortable as possible.

What age is too late for palate expander?

It’s never “too late” for a palate expander. Adults of any age can benefit from palatal expansion, especially when it’s part of a holistic approach to treating airway issues and orthodontic concerns. The key is a customized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs.

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Take the Next Step

Every breath is a step towards a healthier, happier you

At Orthospaceship, we’re here to guide you through each one. With our comprehensive treatment options, from removable oral appliances to innovative palatal expansion techniques, we’re dedicated to providing personalized care that addresses not just the symptoms but the root causes of your airway disorders. Together, we’ll embark on a transformative journey towards effortless breathing, restful sleep, and a vibrant life.

Call us today for a free consultation, and take the first step towards the lifelong benefits of a healthy airway.

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