What’s a Medical Airway Check?
The Medical Airway Check assesses a child’s breathing and outlines any potential reversible cause of airway blockage such as an enlarged adenoid, allergic rhinitis or deviated nasal septum – all within one comprehensive appointment. The Medical Airway Check was designed to help bridge the growing gap between oral health professionals, ENT, GPs, Allergy and, Sleep medicine specialists.
Why Medical Airway Checks?This unique new approach evolved from working with our local orthodontists and dentists who were keen to offer their patients, especially kids with malocclusions, an all-inclusive integrative airway check prior to them getting orthodontics.
The aim of a Medical Airway Check is to report back on whether:
There are allergies and how to best treat them
Presence of any nasal or pharyngeal airway blockages and whether they are medically reversible or require surgery
Any underlying cause for a child’s malocclusions
Any contributing issues that may contribute to possible failure of orthodontic or oromyofunctional treatments, if left untreated.
Who should get a medical airway check?
A medical airway check is recommended for children who may require treatment for crooked teeth or jaws who are:
Signs of possible airway obstruction
Who performs a Medical Airway Check?
The medical airway check is performed by a GP up skilled in a medical airway evaluations who is accredited in GP shared care orthodontics.
The check does not replace the need for an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist. An ENT may be required for consultation, if any surgery is required.
What happens on the day?
Please read Medical Airway Check: “What To Expect On The Day”