Airway Focused Dentistry

The function (or dysfunction) of your airway can play a huge role in your overall health and the quality of your sleep. Airway focused dentistry is at the forefront of total body wellness, and it addresses issues in both adults and children. You may not even be aware of your own airway issues, but you can still suffer the consequences of them.

It is important to breathe through your nose instead of your mouth. Nasal breathing filters the air we breathe and it facilitates inhalation of nitric oxide, which increases circulating blood oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, slows the breathing rate, and improves overall lung volumes. Improving how you breathe can significantly improve your health and life.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of healthcare professionals are unaware of the negative impact of airway issues. For example, upper airway obstruction (mouth breathing) affects facial growth in children, and it has an effect on overall physiological and psychological health in both children and adults.

Dr. Huff is passionate about helping patients improve their overall health and quality of life. For many patients, airway focused dentistry can be a life changer. In short, you might not realize just how tired you were until you finally stop feeling so tired (amongst other symptoms).

Dr. Huff completed the Airway Focused Dentistry Mini-Residency with Dr. Barry Raphael and Dr. Mark Cruz, two pioneers in the treatment of airway issues. Dr. Huff is committed to continuing education courses in this area, so he can offer you the best treatments available. Recently, he was a guest speaker on the topic on the AAID Podcast, which you can listen to here.

At Huff Family Dentistry, our evaluation of airway issues is comprehensive. Dr. Huff will thoroughly go over your health history with you and discuss any symptoms that may be related. He will examine the structure of your airway, the function of your airway, your breathing behaviors, and the resting position of your tongue.  Different screening methods may be recommended based on the exam findings.

Some patients with airway issues come to us already knowing that they have obvious breathing and health issues. Surprisingly though, people with airway issues are sometimes “the picture of health” when it comes to weight and fitness level. If you have airway issues, you may find yourself suffering from any of the following common symptoms and co-existing health issues:

Mouth breathing


Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS)


Brain fog and daytime drowsiness

Frequent Awakening throughout the night


Anxiety, depression, and ADHD

Teeth grinding and clenching

Unexplained broken crowns or fractured teeth/tooth pain

Forward head posture


Face, neck, shoulder, and joint pain

Periodontal (gum) disease

Upper respiratory infections and chronic sinus infections




Cardiovascular disease


Obesity (or weight gain)

With airway focused dentistry, we focus on treating the root cause of the problem. Many therapies to treat airway problems are simple and non-invasive. Recommended treatments may include oral appliances, Myofunctional therapy, nasal hygiene therapy, the treatment of “tongue-tie,”  palatal expansion, orthodontics, and more.

If you would like to be evaluated for airway issues, please call us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve optimum health and wellness.


Airway Focused Dentistry


Kois Center Trained Dentist

  • Deliver the latest advances in esthetics, implants and restorative dentistry through cutting edge continuing dental education.
  • To improve the lives of patients by providing our members with predictable, evidence-based dental systems that enable them to deliver the highest level of patient care.
  • To provide members with a safe, collaborative learning environment focused on providing ongoing personal and professional support.
  • Create world-class contributors in the dental profession with an understanding of periodontics, biomechanics, functional relationships, and facial relationships.
Airway Focused Dentistry
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