The Benefits Of Airway Screenings For Children

We recently took part in a commercial as part of National Children’s Dental Health Month. Like other dental professionals, we want to raise awareness about children’s oral health. In order to help them avoid the complications of sleep disordered breathing, we may suggest an airway screening and treatment option for families in Urbandale, IA.

Our Give Kids a Smile Commercial

You can visit Youtube and see our short commercial for yourself! We were proud to take part, as many families are unaware of how important an airway screening is for a child’s health and wellbeing. If your child hasn’t received a screening yet, we urge you to call us today to schedule one!

Airway Screenings and the Dangers of Sleep Disordered Breathing

An airway screening simply looks for indicators of breathing obstruction or difficulties. If obstruction prevents proper breathing at night, children struggle to breathe and the body may try to create an airway, a process that could lead to acid reflux. Without clear airways, children could develop sleep disordered breathing. Even though they sleep at night, they may not reach the deep, uninterrupted stage needed to feel rested and alert during the day. Kids may experience poor behavior at school or even be diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, struggling to maintain grades. At home, kids could be moody, have trouble going to sleep or waking up, get up multiple times in the night, snore, or experience restless sleep. Eventually, these airway obstructions could increase the risk of sleep apnea and misalignment later in life, further imperiling their overall health.

New Early Orthodontic Solutions with HealthyStart™

For children as young as age three, we can perform a diagnosis and recommend treatment. New early orthodontics, such as HealthyStart™ devices, could help. These devices will look similar to a mouth guard and be worn as the child sleep. The device repositions the jaw, which helps create open and unobstructed airways, allowing them to sleep through the night without interruption or struggles. Children stop suffering from sleep disorder breathing, improving their mood and ability to function at home and school. They also have a reduced risk of experiencing sleep disorders in their teen years and adulthood. If you have any questions about our diagnostic process, or if you feel your little one suffers moods swings and has trouble sleeping, then contact our team today. Let’s see if new early orthodontics are right for your child!

Does Your Child Need a Screening?

Dr. Lawson and our team want to help your children enjoy better sleep and improve quality of life. To learn more about our centric airway appliances, schedule a consultation by calling our dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366. We also serve residents of Waukee, Grimes, Johnston, and Clive, IA.



Do You Have An Uneven Smile?

Dr. Lawson and our team want to help you enjoy a more even and healthy smile. To learn more about our clear and esthetically-pleasing orthodontic solutions, schedule a consultation by:

calling our dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.

We also serve residents of Waukee, Grimes, Johnston, and Clive, IA.

Book your next appointment with us

  • Healthy Start Patient Form

  • Sleep Disordered Breathing Questionnaire for Children

    The initial column should be filled out at first appointment. Please identify the following symptoms your child exhibits with the scale indicating severity of symptoms.

    Not Present: 0
    Mild: 1-2
    Moderate: 3
    Pronounced: 4-5
  • Does your child:

  • (If yes, fill out speech questionnaire below)
  • Speech Questionnaire

    To be filled out only if #27 was indicated above
  • Please check all that apply to your child