Airway Morphology and Sleep Apnea

Airways that were more elliptical in shape and mediolaterally oriented, (greater lateral/retroglossal anteroposterior dimension ratio), had a decreased tendency toward obstruction.

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This 60 year old male patient, after 12 months of dentofacial orthopedics, shows improved facial and airway development.
Enhanced facial development is evidenced by more prominent cheekbones, increased mid-face volume, wider mouth and firmer jaws.

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Here the pharyngeal airway shows improved lateral dimension as well as improved symmetry and form.

The mandibular advancement shown above might be a contributing factor. The airway form (a butterfly shape) is nature’s optimum design for effectiveness in protecting the airway from collapse.

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A 20 year old female after 12 months of dentofacial orthopedics shows improved facial and airway development.