Lecture Description
“The facial and pharyngeal airway is a space determined by the multitude of separate parts comprising of its enclosing walls. The configuration and dimensions of the airway are thus a product of the composite growth and development of many hard and soft tissues along its pathway from nares to glottis. Although determined by its surrounding parts, those parts in turn are dependent upon the airway for maintenance of their own functional and anatomic positions. The airway functions, in a real sense, as a keystone for the face”.
(Enlow and Hans – Essentials of Facial Growth, 2nd Ed, Needham Press, 2008, ISBN 978-1-60461-852-5)
As a profession we are treating airways, breathing and sleep disorders using a multitude of techniques and appliances. Are we predictably improving facial and airway development for our patients? Does a “larger” airway mean “better” breathing? What is “better” breathing? Do we need to standardize our evaluation, diagnostic and treatment techniques? Are we winning the “battle” but losing the “war”?
This presentation aims to explore and take an introspective look at whether we are winning the “battle” and winning the “war” in treating compromised dento-facial and airway development or are we winning the “battle” but losing the “war”.
The Airway "Battle"
(Enlow and Hans – Essentials of Facial Growth, 2nd Ed, Needham Press, 2008, ISBN 978-1-60461-852-5)

우리는 호흡과 수면 무호흡 장애를 다양한 기술과 장치를 이용해 전문직업인으로서 치료하고 있다. 우리 환자들에서 얼굴과 기도의 개선이 주기적으로 일어나는가? 기도가 “더 확장”되는 것이 “더 나은” 호흡을 의미하는가? “더 나은” 호흡이란 무엇인가? 평가방법과 진단, 치료방법의 규격화가 필요한가? 우리는 이 싸움에서 승리하고 있는가 전쟁을 놓치고 있는가?
구강과 얼굴 및 기도 발육의 열악함을 치료하는 전쟁에서 승리하고 이 싸움을 이겨낼 것인지 이 싸움에서 이기더라도 전쟁을 놓칠 것인지에 대한 내면적 고찰을 여기에서 탐구하며 얻어보고자 한다.