The term AirwayCentric® was coined by Dr. Michael Gelb and Dr. Howard Hindin to give both healthcare practitioners and the public a new way of looking at dentistry and healthcare. Dr. Gelb practices AirwayCentric® Dentistry; if the airway is compromised and sleep is disturbed or fragmented, it must be recognized and adeptly managed.

Compromised airways can be expressed as mouth breathing, snoring and sleep apnea as early as in the first year of life. As adults, narrowed airways can lead to intermittent hypoxia (low oxygen) and sleep fragmentation which can result in:

  • Systemic Inflammation
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Metabolic Dysregulation
  • Endothelial Dysfunction
  • Hypercoagulability
  • Sympathetic Activation
  • Daytime Sleepiness
  • Left Arterial Enlargement

Sleep fragmentation and repeated arousals can also lead to neurocognitive deficits such as mild cognitive impairment, dementia, memory problems, difficulty concentrating, reduced psychomotor performance and decreased vigilance.

Airway enhancement can be achieved with the treatment of allergies, adenotonsillectomy, palatal expansion and mandibular advancement, as well as myofunctional therapy and occupational therapy. Breastfeeding also enhances airway development and immune system development, resulting in smaller tonsils and adenoids. AirwayCentric® Orthodontics is non-retractive and builds the face and teeth around an open airway.

In the past, CPAP was the only tool sleep centers had to offer for OSA. Today, based on experience and research, oral appliances have emerged as a viable option for mild and moderate apnea, UARS and even severe sleep cases where CPAP has been unsuccessful. Collaboration with ENTs has enhanced treatment success, allowing ideal nasal breathing. Hypoglossal nerve stimulation is also an option for moderate and severe cases who have failed CPAP.

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Dr. Michael Gelb

Dr. Michael Gelb, DDS, MS is a world-renowned TMJ and Sleep Specialist with practices in both New York City and White Plains. He received his D.D.S. degree from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and his M.S. from SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Gelb is the co-author of GASP: Airway Health- The Hidden Path to Wellness, and the co-founder of both The Foundation for Airway Health and The American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry.

The Gelb Center was founded over 30 years ago by Dr. Michael Gelb’s father, Dr. Harold Gelb. Since then, Dr. Michael has taken his father’s findings to the next level through his Airway Centric® integrated therapy. He invented the ACG™ Airway Centric® System with the help of ProSomnus Sleep Technologies. The ACG System is the first day and night dental appliance solution that offers an integrated approach to addressing airway issues.

Dr. Michael Gelb is dedicated to improving his patients’ health by reducing pain, restoring refreshing sleep and transforming lives.

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Gelb Center NYC Location

635 Madison Avenue
19th Floor
B/W: 59th & 60th Street
New York, NY 10022
P: (212) 752-1662
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Gelb Center White Plains Location

12 Old Mamaroneck Road
Suite 1C
White Plains, NY 10605
P: (914) 686-4528
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Dr. Gelb's Professional Memberships
NYU College of Dentistry
New York State Dental Association
New York County Dental Society
American Dental Association
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
American Academy of Orofacial Pain
American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)
American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP)
Airway Health
AAPMD Airway Health Professional Association
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