Airway Dentistry - Prosthodontist in Johannesburg
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Airway Dentistry

What Is Airway Dentistry?

Functional Breathing is Affected by Disordered Breathing

Airway-centred Dentistry is a comprehensive and non-invasive approach to restore functional breathing. Functional breathing moves freely and silently through the nose even during sleep.

Sleep-related breathing disorders or sleep-disordered breathing are characterised by abnormal respiration during sleep. They are grouped into obstructive sleep apnoea ( OSA), central sleep apnoea, sleep-related hyperventilation, and sleep-related hypoxaemia disorder.

Our bodies need the right amount of oxygen to properly function. It’s no secret we achieve this through breathing but receiving the optimal level of oxygenation for our body’s cells to thrive is achieved through functional breathing.

Functional breathing gives your body what it needs for vibrant, healthy living the benefits of experience from airway treatment can profoundly affect your overall health and daily quality of living.

Only OSA is within the scope of dentistry and can be treated by a dentist well-versed in sleep medicine.

The benefits of treatment include:

  • Reduced and eliminating snoring, teeth clenching, and obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Restorative sleep
  • Better posture
  • Mood boost
  • Increased energy, focus, and mental acuity
  • Improve cardiovascular, metabolic, and hormonal health 
  • Ability to achieve and maintain a healthy weight

Of the millions of people of all ages not experiencing functional breathing, known as disordered breathing, most suffer the inefficiency during sleep. Sleep disordered-breathing is commonly undiagnosed.

Do you suffer from any of these signs or symptoms?

    • Do you snore?
    • Have you been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)?
    • Do you wake yourself up from sleep with grasping or choking?
    • Do suffer from chronic headaches, neck aches, or backaches?
    • Do you notice that your jaw pops or clicks when you open enclosure mouth?
    • Do you have a history of high blood sugar, blood pressure, or thyroid disease? 
    • Are you struggling with your weight?
    • Have you had teeth extracted to make room for braces?
    • Do you have trouble with GERD or heartburn?
    • Do you have a history of depression and/or anxiety?
    • Do you have difficulty with falling and staying asleep?
    • Do you have headaches upon waking up?

    If any of these apply to you, you should determine whether airway issues are involved.

If left untreated, sleep disorders can cause or aggravate many serious complaints. 


The first start is to take the Epworth sleepiness scale questionnaire. A score between 5 and 10 may indicate mild sleep apnoea for which an oral snore appliance would help.

A score of more than10 may indicate a more severe sleep apnoea which should be further investigated by a sleep specialist who may recommend an overnight sleep test (polysomnogram).

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