Airway Orthodontics Specialist

Curtis Contro, DDS, MS -  - Orthodontist

Contro Orthodontics

Curtis Contro, DDS, MS

Orthodontist located in Cupertino, CA & Palo Alto, CA

If you’re worried your child might develop sleep apnea when they get older, airway orthodontics can help minimize their risk. Curtis Contro, DDS, MS, offers airway orthodontics for his patients at Contro Orthodontics in Cupertino, California, to help prevent them from getting sleep apnea when they’re older. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.

Airway Orthodontics Q&A

What is airway orthodontics?

Airway orthodontics is an orthodontic treatment that helps expand the jaw and airway in younger patients to prevent them from developing obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs in up to 5% of children and can have severe health consequences. 

By intervening early with airway orthodontics, Dr. Contro can help prevent the need for costly and more invasive treatments down the line.

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder that causes you to stop breathing for extended periods of time while you’re sleeping. 

It typically happens as a result of physiology that leaves your airway obstructed, such as a jaw that’s too small for your tongue or a tongue that’s too large for your jaw. 

Sleep apnea also frequently occurs in older patients whose soft tissues in the back of their throats relax too much, obstructing their airways. 

What happens if sleep apnea is left untreated?

Sleep apnea deprives your body of oxygen and can lead to a number of serious health conditions if left untreated, like:

  • Diabetes
  • Lung disease
  • Growth hormone deficiency or stunted growth
  • Diminished mental capacity
  • Congestive heart failure
  • High blood pressure
  • Memory problems
  • Mood swings and depression
  • Fatigue

Sleep apnea has also been linked to certain eye conditions, like glaucoma.

What is involved with getting airway orthodontics?

First, Dr. Contro evaluates the positioning and size of your child’s jaw, teeth, tongue, and any other oral tissues that affect their airway. 

If he determines that your child might be at risk of an obstructed airway, he recommends several different treatment plans to redesign the structure of their mouth to expand their airway and enhance their ability to breathe. 

Your child’s airway orthodontics might involve braces, palatal expanders, or other orthodontic devices. 

The end result is a more free-flowing airway with a lower risk of obstructions, ideally eliminating the possibility of sleep apnea.

To learn more about how airway orthodontics can help prevent your child from developing sleep apnea, schedule an appointment with Dr. Contro at Contro Orthodontics today by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool.