Just as you cannot take back a word spoken or a text message sent, you can not easily undo unfavorable or harmful growth patterns that are almost complete and affecting the airways. Dr. James Karhohs and our team provide orthodontic treatments to deal with airway issues and improve your quality of life. We welcome you to call us at 616-784-4300 to learn more about airways and orthodontics in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and to make your appointment with our experienced doctor.
Three-quarters of all craniofacial growth is complete by age 7, with 90% of this growth being completed by age 12. We recommend that children be evaluated by age 6 or 7, especially if you suspect that there are airway problems, as early intervention can prevent unfavorable growth patterns and the lifelong harmful patterns that develop as a result, such as obstructive sleep apnea.
If your child has an airway problem, our orthodontist and team will provide treatments to regulate and normalize the growth of their bone structure, and repair the imbalances of their face and jaws to prevent the problem from developing further.
Airway treatments for adults may require more invasive treatments, including surgery, as the bones in your jaw are no longer growing.
For airway restrictions such as enlarged tonsils, adenoids, turbaries, or deviated septum we will refer you to an ENT for a thorough evaluation and treatment if recommended. Your orthodontic treatment will be guided by procedures to enhance the airway. For example, for ever 1mm papal expansion an individual gains 2% more nasal air flow. Young growing individuals with a retruded lower jaw will benefit from advancement with a Herbst appliance, which has been shown to increase the airway volume in the oropharynx and laryngopharynx. Enhancing your air way and dental arch form reduces the need for a sleep (snoring) appliance now and when you’re older.
For more information about airways and orthodontics, and to make your appointment at the practice of James V. Karhohs, DDS, MS, PC, please contact our office today.