Airway Friendly Orthodontics

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Airway Friendly Orthodontics

Dr. Karen Guinn is passionate about advancing and maximizing the art & science of Orthodontics.

She understands that the Orthodontic Sleep Apnea program can change the airway and address the underlying source that causes sleep apnea and difficult breathing. This approach is intended to provide patients with immediate relief from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). If you are looking to relieve your sleep apnea, contact Dr. Karen Guinn at The Smile Agency in Pasadena or West Covina for some of the best relief from airway orthodontics Pasadena & West Covina have to offer.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) has emerged as one of the most widespread and costly health issues for adults and children in the U.S.A. Studies have shown that OSA carries a strong genetic component and is known to involve more than 8 million Americans of all ages. This condition is characterized as the obstruction of the upper airway associated with repeated gaps in breathing; therefore interrupting sleep and contributing to many side effects and various medical conditions; such as:

  • Obesity/ Diabetes
  • Concentration
  • Stroke/ Heart Attack
  • Fatigue and or Insomnia


  • Up to 20% of adults and 10% of children suffer from sleep apnea.
  • Children with sleep breathing disorders can also suffer from behavioral problems and lowered IQ.
  • 85% of people with sleep apnea are undiagnosed.
  • The estimated economic cost of OSA in the U.S. is more than $65 billion annually

If you or a loved one may be suffering with sleep apnea, be sure to make an appointment with an orthodontist Pasadena patients can depend on, like Dr. Karen Guinn.

Obstructed Airway vs Non Obstructed Airway

Please observe the following:

                   Obstructed Airway                                        Non Obstructed Airway

Obstructed Airway 3DNonObstructed Airway 3D


Do you (your children/family members/ signifcant other) snore?    

Yes            No

Have you (your children/family/signifcant other) ever had a sleep study?  

Yes         No

Have you (your children/family/significant other) ever used a CPAP Machine?  

Yes   No

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above you may be a candidate for a sleep study, contact us today!

The Smile Agency has two convenient locations to serve you. Ask for our  OSA Treatment  Coordinators-

1175 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91106 (626) 578-1687

Ask for Silvia ~


1290 S. Sunset Ave, West Covina, CA 91790 (626) 856-1956

Ask for Dana ~