Sleep Disordered Breathing in children is a critical and common problem that often goes overlooked, misdiagnosed and even left untreated. When a child has breathing difficulties during sleep it is referred to as SDB (pediatric sleep-disordered breathing). Approximately 9 out of 10 children suffer from SDB symptoms and this is known to have a significant impact on daily living. The most obvious symptom of SBD is snoring and it can be loud and occur most nights. Snoring causes a child to wake constantly during the night depriving him/her of the necessary rest required to maintain focus the following day.

The HealthyStart™ System is a device that directly addresses childhood sleep apnea, one of the biggest side effects of an orofacial myofunctional disorder or OMD. Fair Lakes Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is pleased to offer a noninvasive orthodontic appliance that rests in the upper arch during sleep to help keep your child’s airway open. The HealthyStart™ System also guides dentition reducing and possibly eliminating the need for braces in teen years.

If you think your child may suffer from Sleep Disordered Breathing, call Fair Lakes Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today (703)273-4505. Our dentists will help you determine if your child is a candidate for The HealthyStart™ System!

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Symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing

Symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing can vary between children, however some common symptoms that your child may not be getting adequate rest due to airway issues include:

  • Dark circles under eyes
  • Bedwetting
  • Snoring
  • Mouth breathing
  • ADD/ADHD behavior 
  • Nightmares
  • Chronic allergies
  • Swollen adenoids and tonsils
  • Restless sleep
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Slow growth

The Importance of Your Child's Airway

When your child’s airway is compromised in any way, he or she struggles to receive enough oxygen at night which may result in mouth breathing. The effects of mouth breathing prevent the proper function of the tongue and other orofacial muscles that are used to speak, swallow and chew food. Mouth breathing may also cause tonsils and adenoids to become enlarged further impacting the airway. 

The HealthyStart™ System works with the natural development of tooth eruption by guiding erupting permanent teeth into their proper positions. The appliance is comfortable, removable and soft and straightens teeths with consistent usage.  

How Can We Help?

At Fair Lakes Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we believe quality sleep is vital to the growth and development of children. We are pleased to offer The HealthyStart™ System designed to promote the proper growth and development of the jaw and airway to optimize airflow as your child sleeps. When your child is getting restful and good quality sleep, many of the symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing disappear.

Early intervention and treatment is crucial to helping your child reach their full potential in growth and development, physical and mental health as well as academics. Call Fair Lakes Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at (703)273-4505 today to learn more. 

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