Phillips Family Orthodontics


Improved Breathing with Phillips Family Ortho

At Phillips Family Orthodontics, we understand the vital link between oral health and overall well-being.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Phillips will assess considerations that extend beyond teeth alignment – evaluating your airway alignment and jaw structure, too. It might surprise you to learn that optimal breathing hinges on breathing through your nose and anomalies in nasal passages, jaw structure, or tongue posture can lead to compromised breathing patterns, disruptions during sleep, and even impact the growth and development of your child.

Our approach to orthodontic care embraces a holistic perspective, encouraging enhanced well-being for you or your child for life.

Preventing Sleeping Disorders

By addressing airway alignment, we aim to prevent conditions like Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when your airways become partially or fully blocked during sleep due to relaxed throat muscles. This can lead to snoring, disrupted sleep, and reduced oxygen levels. Early diagnosis and proper management can significantly improve sleep quality and overall health. Signs that you may be suffering from OSA include:

  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • Loud snoring at night
  • Waking up at night, short of breath
  • Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
  • Headaches upon waking in the morning
  • Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
  • Extreme drowsiness throughout the day

Treating OSA

Using airway orthodontic techniques, such as airway expansion, Dr. Phillips can help alleviate breathing difficulties and improve your quality of sleep. In other cases, we can treat OSA with a simple night time oral appliance.

Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) encompasses a range of breathing difficulties during sleep, often caused by issues like narrow airways, improper jaw alignment, or tongue posture. This condition can lead to snoring, interrupted sleep, and daytime drowsiness. Signs that you may be suffering from SDB include:

  • Sleepiness, which is sometimes excessive
  • Depressed mood
  • Irritability
  • Cognitive dysfunction


Symptoms during the night may include:

  • Snoring loudly
  • Waking up with dry mouth/sore throat/headache
  • Waking up suddenly, short of breath
  • Having trouble staying asleep


Treating SDB

Our approach involves specialized orthodontic techniques aimed at optimizing airway function. By addressing factors such as jaw alignment, tongue posture, and airway expansion, we aim to restore unobstructed breathing during sleep, leading to improved sleep quality and overall well-being. In some cases, jaw surgery is recommended.


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