Airway Orthodontics

Airway Focused Orthodontics

Discover the Future of Orthodontics with Airway-Focused Treatment at Moody Orthodontics. We are proud to offer a revolutionary approach that not only enhances your smile but also improves your overall health and well-being. Airway-focused orthodontics considers the impact of your breathing on facial growth and development, aiming to optimize your airway for better sleep, improved facial aesthetics, and enhanced overall health. Dr. Moody and our team are committed to providing you with the most advanced, personalized care available, ensuring that you achieve not just a beautiful smile, but a healthier life.

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Benefits of Airway Orthodontics

Sleep Disorders

Studies suggest that more than 50% of patients with sleep disorders have airway issues. Airway focused treatment looks beyond the tongue and teeth, including all connected elements. It takes your entire head and body into account, which allows us to provide more in-depth solutions for our patients.


In most cases, if airway problems are diagnosed and treated early it will prevent deficient or excess facial growth, crowded crooked teeth, and restore balanced facial growth and development. This often prevents invasive future treatment such as jaw surgery or permanent tooth extractions.


Dr. Moody is trained to look for signs of airway-related issues and can assess the airway and help to determine if there are deficiencies in growth or airflow. If an airway-related issue is present, we will work collaboratively with your physician or pediatrician and/or the ear nose and throat physician (ENT) to manage the soft and hard tissues both structurally and medically. Dr. Moody will also evaluate the tongue posture swallowing pattern for any abnormalities as well as any speech problems. We often work with a myofunctional therapist to address these issues, and to determine if a tongue or lip tie release is necessary. This team approach helps to not only treat airways, but more importantly, to improve growth and enhance quality of life.

Signs and symptoms of breathing disorders:

Symptoms of breathing disorders in children and adolescents, may include daytime sleepiness, breathing through the mouth instead of the nose, snoring, bedwetting, hyperactivity or ADD/ADHD symptoms, moodiness, shallow breathing, chronic nighttime restlessness, teeth grinding and periods of no breathing or breath holding while asleep.

Symptoms in adults may include snoring heavily, mouth breathing, waking with choking sensation or gasping for breath, nighttime restlessness, heartburn, high blood pressure, clenching or grinding the teeth or feeling exhausted after a full night’s sleep.

Some of the most common breathing disorders we see are obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS). If left undiagnosed (OSA) and (UARS) have been directly connected to larger health concerns such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, anxiety and depression, obesity, ADHD and more.

Moody Orthodontics focuses on addressing the underlying cause of obstructed breathing, so children and adults can enjoy improved overall health along with a lasting beautiful smile and ideal oral function. Call us today for a complimentary exam.

Our airway exam goes beyond a traditional orthodontic examination, offering a comprehensive assessment of your airway health.

This includes a detailed analysis of your 3D imaging by a radiologist, including a comprehensive report. We also coordinate with other specialists, such as sleep neurologists, myofunctional therapists, and ENT specialists, to ensure a holistic approach to your care. Due to the extensive nature of this exam and radiology report provided, the cost is $300. This investment in your health can lead to a better understanding of your airway health and personalized treatment options to improve your overall well-being.

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