Did you know children are often just as susceptible to developing sleep disorders as adults? For children with sleep disordered breathing, airway obstruction could lead to poor sleep and serious complications at home and school. In order to help children in Urbandale, IA, your sleep specialist may recommend custom HealthyStart™ oral appliances.
Sleep Disordered Breathing and Airway Screenings
As your child grows, issues could develop with the size and structure of oral tissues. For some, this could mean obstructed breathing during the night. As the child struggles to breathe, the body could lift the diaphragm in an attempt to create a new air passage, a process that could lead to acid reflux. Lack of sleep often means the child becomes moody and may be more likely to experience tantrums at home and school. Children may fall behind at school and have trouble focusing on tasks. Your little ones may need treatment if they regularly snore and struggle to breathe at night. Difficulties falling asleep and waking up, exhaustion during the day, waking frequently in the night, and moving/talking in sleep could also indicate trouble.
HealthyStart™ Oral Appliances
If your little one experiences trouble going to sleep, staying asleep, or is falling behind in educational and emotional development, then please let us know as soon as possible. We can perform a detailed airway screening for children as young as age three. If we identify obstruction and other signs that could indicate poor breathing during sleep, we may prescribe an oral appliance. The HealthyStart™ new early orthodontic device will look and fit like a nightguard. When worn, the device helps reposition the jaw and offers a positive impact on the growth and formation of the jaw and oral tissues. Over time, this means uninterrupted breathing and better sleep.
The Long-Term Benefits
Did you know that breathing obstruction in childhood could mean a greater risk of dental misalignment and sleep apnea in the teen and adult years? By addressing the problem early, you save your family a lot of grief, and offer your child better oral and overall health in the future. Treatment not only improves airways, but could also have a beneficial impact on facial structure and behavior. If you have any questions about our unique sleep appliances, or about your child’s possible sleep disorder, then please contact our team right away. We can schedule an airway screening at your earliest convenience.
Does Your Little One Have Trouble Sleeping?
Dr. Lawson and our team help children suffering from sleep disorders and airway obstruction. To learn more about our airway centric orthodontics and other possible 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.