Airway Obstruction and Maxillofacial Orthopedics
Symptoms of Airway Obstruction
- Mouth Breathing
- Chapped Lips & Gingivitis
- Venous Pooling
- Head Posture
- Tonsil & Adenoids
- Reflux in the Eustachian
- Conductive Hearing Loss
- Head and Neck Pain
- Reduced Oxygen Blood Levels
Sleep – Disorder Breathing & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
“Sleep-disorder breathing maybe the unsuspected cause of ADHD syndrome and its spectrum of problems. SDB may be misdiagnosed as ADHA.”
Journal of the American Medical Association, 2007; 297: (2681-2)
Modified Schwarz Appliance
Airway Patient. #3 The first cephalometric x-ray was made at the beginning of the child’s treatment as part of the initial diagnostic records.
The parent was advised that the child should have the adenoidal tissue remover to allow for proper nasal respiration, and the anterior tongue thrust corrected. The parent decided to delay the surgery.
The second cephalometric x-ray was made following initial airway surgery. Note the surgery removed only the oral pharyngeal obstruction. The nasal pharyngeal obstruction is still present.
The third cephalometric x-ray was made following the second surgery clearing the obstruction in the nasal pharyngeal airway. The two driving forces for normal facial growth and development are proper nasal respiration, and correct tongue function. This case is a classic example of the permanent damage that will occur when these two factors are ignored.