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The Only American Educated and American Board Certified Orthodontist/TMJ Specialist in Jordan.
Amman - Jordan
Sleep Apnea & Snoring

Growing Children

How do I Know if my child has a restricted airway?

Look out for:

  • Bed wetting.
  • Mood swings.
  • Behavior problems
  • Teeth grinding.
  • Mouth breathing.
  • Difficulty paying attention.

Why is airway important in orthodontics?

A constricted airway can severely impact the growth of a child and should be considered when evaluating a child's overall health.

If a child under the age 12 has a constricted airway, Dr. Zaha is able to initiate his/her airway protocol which takes advantage of the growth of the child to expand the airway. This can often prevent obstructive sleep apnea and improve overall health of a child.


Do I suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea-OSA?

  • Snoring
  • Suffocation while you sleep
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Lack of concentration
  • Morning heachaches
  • Mood changes
  • Night sweats
  • Wight Gain
  • Lack of energy
  • Frequent Urination at night

What happens to the person suffering from sleep apnea during his sleep?

When we sleep, the muscles and soft tissues located at the back of the throat (base of the tongue, uvula, soft palate …) tend to relax and reduce the opening allowing the air passage.

In sleep apnea, these muscles collapse completely, causing a stop of breathing that can last 10 seconds or more.

Our brain realizes that we are not breathing anymore, forces us to wake up to catch our breath, then we sleep again and the cycle begins again. This phenomenon can happen more than 50 times per hour even if we do not remember it.

How We Can Help

Dr. Zaha is able to help by constructing a mandibular advancement splint, which is a solution for mild and moderate cases as for severe cases that do not respond to other treatments. Apnea is a treatment by moving the lower jaw forward to a therapeutic position during sleep, hence, prevents the patient's airway from sagging during sleep.