Your ability to breathe affects many aspects of your everyday life and overall health. Dr. Gena Schultheis and associates offer airway dentistry in Annapolis, Maryland, to help you breathe easily and enjoy better health and quality of life. We invite you to call Annapolis Green Dental at 410-224-4500 to schedule your consultation with our experienced dentists and learn more about how airway dentistry can benefit you.


We all want our minds and bodies to be the healthiest versions of themselves. Our dentists and team believe that the best way to accomplish this is to use science and biology to improve our health as naturally as possible. In this way, we believe we can achieve levels of optimal energy, comfort and physicality.

As a natural “biohack,” airway dentistry can help patients live longer and healthier lives, unleash greater creativity, and prevent more disease. It can also provide anti-aging benefits, including a more muscular physique, rejuvenated skin, and higher levels of energy and vigor. If you want to breathe easily and feel good again, ask our team about airway dentistry!


Airway dentistry includes a broad range of treatments designed to help you manage breathing-related disorders. The most common type of airway problems are sleep-disordered breathing conditions, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring. Sleep breathing disorders are characterized by unusual respiratory patterns and a lack of sufficient oxygen intake while asleep. The disruptions these conditions cause to your sleeping patterns cause you to feel tired and exhausted and put stress on your nervous system and major organs, impacting your health and well-being.

In addition to treating breathing disorders, airway dentistry can also help relieve symptoms of some neurological disorders and chronic diseases. This includes conditions such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, ADHD and others. Symptoms may be improved because airway dentistry helps patients breathe more deeply and easily without problems during the day and especially during sleep. Patients can thus breathe and sleep soundly all night long without interruptions. This means reduced stress on the body so that it can relax and get the rest it needs, which can lead to other health improvements.


Healthy sleep is as vital to your overall health as air and food, affecting your ability to function normally and safely in your day-to-day life. If you are not getting enough sleep, you could experience a number of problems, including:

  • Issues with your nervous system and immune system
  • Issues with your respiratory system
  • Issues with your digestive system
  • Poor hormone production
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Impaired memory
  • Hypersomnia (daytime drowsiness), excessive sleepiness and fatigue
  • Anxiety, depression, increased irritability, and other behavioral or mood changes
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased risk of diabetes and heart disease

Airway dentistry improves your ability to breathe easily so that you can get the sleep you need and receive sufficient oxygen to enjoy a healthy quality of life. Our dentists will work with you and your physician to diagnose your airway condition and current state of health. After making a diagnosis, we will be able to create an individualized treatment plan that meets your needs. Depending on the severity of your condition, your treatment may be as simple as oral appliance therapy or as complex as a surgical procedure.


We also provide airway dentistry treatment for children using the Vivos® System. When a child’s mouth and jaws are underdeveloped it results in crooked or crowded teeth and causes them difficulty breathing at night. As the most important stages of growth for your child’s face and jaws occurs during childhood early diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve your child’s overall health and wellness as well as prevent future problems. As a Vivos provider, Dr. Schultheis can help you understand if the Vivos System is a good option for your child.


The Vivos System uses comfortable, easy-to-wear oral appliances to improve your child’s breathing and help develop their jaws and airway. The appliances are worn at night and work to promote the natural growth and proper positioning of the teeth, jaws and mouth. By correcting the underlying developmental issues in the mouth and jaws Vivos can reduce or eliminate the need for braces and help your child avoid current and future health concerns.

If your child is showing early signs of an underdeveloped jaw, crooked or crowded teeth, mouth breathing, bed wetting or even just restless sleep, we encourage you to call and make your child’s appointment with our dentists.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation and learn more about airway dentistry and the Vivos System. We are dedicated to helping you improve your health.