According to one estimate, 9 out of 10 children suffer from at least one symptom related to sleep disordered breathing (SBD) (JAOS, Bergersen/Stevens). What is sleep disordered breathing? It is restricted or improper breathing at night. It is often a result of improper jaw development or positioning. Over the course of months or years, SBD can have dire consequences for a child’s health.
Fortunately, there is no need to panic if your child suffers from SBD. Thanks to the Healthy Start orthodontics system, you may be able to nip this problem in the bud and set up your child for a lifetime of easy breathing and sound oral health.
Healthy Start is a custom treatment overseen by an orthodontist that aids the development of a child’s teeth and jaw, thus addressing anatomical issues that contribute to SBD. Instead of using braces, which many children find to be uncomfortable, it uses removable orthodontic appliances that are worn only at night (or as otherwise directed). Most children adapt quite quickly to popping their appliance in their mouth every evening after they get ready for bed.
Depending on the age when your child begins Healthy Start, they may go through three phases of treatment:
What do ADD/ADHA, bedwetting, a lowered IQ, snoring, and crooked teeth all have in common? They are all related to SBD. The accompanying infographic has an even more extensive list of issues that are often connected to SBD. Once your child grows up and their jaw development is finalized, it may be quite difficult or even impossible to treat the anatomical abnormalities that contribute to SBD. The earlier treatment begins, the better.
Potential benefits of Healthy Start include:
We invite you to bring your child to your kids’ orthodontist soon so we can evaluate their oral development and determine if Healthy Start is necessary for them. We look forward to serving your family!
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