Airway and Sleep Breathing Issues

Adult Breathing Issues

For adults, there are many clinical indications for sleep breathing disorders and airway issues overall.  These include, but are not limited to; loud snoring, ADD, loss of energy, non-restorative sleep, nodding off while driving, night sweats, morning headaches, bruxism (tooth grinding), painful/sore jaw joints, enlarged tonsil/adenoids, poor nasal breathing,  or gasping episodes at night.  Risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, and depression can complicate the diagnosis for sleep disorders.  

Breathing disorders in Children

For children, the presentation of airway and breathing issues is different from adults.  These include, but are not limited to; mouth breathing, crowding of teeth, tongue-tie, chronic allergy and sinus issues, bed-wetting, ADD/ADHD, delayed growth, dark circles under the eyes, and soft sounds or light snoring while sleeping.  

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Upon examination and discussion with you, Dr. Chad Colson or Dr. Jill Colson may recommend your airway be evaluated by an otolaryngologist or “ear, nose, throat” physician at our request.  There are other treatments such as tonsil/adenoid removal or orthodontics that may improve your airway and quality of life.

Dr. Jill Colson and Dr. Chad Colson work very closely with Sleep Specialist Physicians Dr. Freddie Wilson and Dr. Mary Sokhandan of Southeast Regional Sleep Disorders Center in Greenvile, SC.  The Southeast Regional Sleep Disorders Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) –the gold standard by which other organizations and companies evaluate sleep programs.  We are happy to refer you for a sleep evaluation with Dr. Wilson or Dr. Sokhandan.  With certain sleep breathing disorder diagnoses, it is possible to make an oral appliance to treat the condition. If your evaluation with the physician determines that you are a candidate for an oral sleep appliance, we are happy to fabricate that as prescribed.

EMA (Elastic Mandibular Advancement) oral appliance

Snoring Appliances