Frequently Asked Questions

Before you schedule your consultation, we recommend you read through these frequently asked questions to get a better understanding of airway dysfunction, airway dental medicine, and our practice.


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Symptoms will vary from person to person, below are the most common signs of Airway Dysfunction in adults and children.

Problems experienced in childhood: 

  • Difficulty breastfeeding
  • Mouth breathing
  • Restless sleep or frequent awakenings at night
  • Aggressiveness, shyness, moodiness, irritability
  • Recurrent ear/throat infections or need for ear tubes
  • Bed wetting
  • Failure to thrive
  • Colic
  • Tonsil / Adenoid removal
  • Nightmares, Night Terrors, Sleepwalking
  • Dental crowding
  • Difficulty learning
  • Excessive morning thirst
  • Hyperactivity
  • Snoring
  • Profuse sweating
  • Sleeping in odd positions
  • Morning headaches
  • Sinusitis
  • Swallowing dysfunction, including gagging, choking, or vomiting
  • Challenges with speech articulation


Problems experienced in adulthood:

  • Snoring
  • Fatigue or chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Migraines and headaches
  • HPA Axis Dysregulation (Adrenal Fatigue)
  • Stress, anxiety, or depression
  • Chronic neck, back, and/or shoulder pain
  • IBS, gastrointestinal distress
  • Weight gain, hunger
  • TMJ (jaw joint) dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tooth grinding
  • Chipped and broken teeth
  • Acid erosion on teeth
  • Chronic cough
  • Chronic throat clearing
  • Excessive daytime tiredness and difficulty awakening in the morning
  • Decreased or lack of dreaming

If you have multiple symptoms of Airway Dysfunction, you are likely a good candidate for Airway Dental Medicine. Additionally, individuals who visit doctors on a regular basis for symptom relief but still struggle with chronic health problems might also have a small or collapsible airway.

Other signs that Airway Dental Medicine could be right for you include:

  • You received dental and/or orthodontic treatments in the past but your teeth have moved back.
  • You don’t feel like yourself and have a difficult time doing daily tasks.
  • You frequently grind your teeth and have mild to severe tooth wear.
  • You are interested in a long-term, permanent solution to your health problems.

You’re never too old to get airway dental treatments. Although treatments are going to be most effective and least invasive on children and teens due to the malleability of the jaw bone, adults 20 and up can still see significant benefits from treatments.

The procedures you will receive vary depending on your health needs. However, most patients receive one or more of the following treatments: 

  • Tongue tie release
  • Breathing re-education
  • Myopostural and Myofunctional therapies
  • Dental arch expansion
  • Full mouth reconstruction

Yes, but for the better. Dental arch expansions will improve the appearance of your smile. A full mouth reconstruction will both improve the shape and structure of your jawline, giving you a sharper, more attractive facial profile.

The cost of your treatment will vary depending on the procedures you’ll need. If you treat the problem early (as a youth or young adult), a minimally invasive treatment without crowns is often all that is needed. This is much less costly and has longer-lasting results. You can save significantly by repairing your airway sooner.

Zink Dental works directly with patients and is an out-of-network provider. However, we will help you with the paperwork necessary for insurance reimbursement and advocate on your behalf to help you get as much reimbursement as possible.

Tongue-tie is an excessive soft-tissue adhesion of the underside of the tongue. This adhesion restricts tongue movement or position, preventing the tongue from resting on the roof of the mouth. Tongue pressure on the roof of the mouth is key to proper jaw and airway development. As a result, many individuals with unaddressed tongue tie develop upper airway resistance syndrome and Airway Dysfunction.

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Yes. You will need to do myofunctional therapy and pre-surgical exercises a few weeks before your tongue-tie surgery. To guide you through the exercises, we will send you videos and additional resources. We can also send you a referral to a myofunctional therapist, if needed.

Scheduling a consultation is simple and easy. You may fill out the form on this page to set up your consultation. Or, feel free to call our office at (208) 918-3262 to schedule a consultation directly.

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