Conquering Pediatric Sleep Apnea for a Healthy Start
Childhood is a time of incredible growth and development for our kids. It lays the foundation for a healthy physical, social and educational start to their lives.
Full and restful nights of sleep can go a long way towards helping our children grow into be the best kids they can be. Unfortunately, more and more children are suffering from sleep disordered breathing, a condition that can prevent restful nights of sleep and have far-reaching negative effects on their lives.
What is Sleep Disordered Breathing?
Sleep disordered breathing is common in children. About 3 – 12% of children have some form of sleep disordered breathing which can range from snoring to sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when muscles in the mouth, jaw and throat partially or fully block the airway, causing difficulty breathing.
What causes obstructive sleep apnea in children?
Because there are many factors that play a role, identifying the root cause of childhood sleep apnea may be difficult to pinpoint. Children who are overweight, who have deviated septum or abnormal facial structures, or who have enlarged tonsils and adenoids, are oftentimes at an increased risk of suffering from sleep apnea. Prolonged use of pacifiers or nipple bottles, mouth breathing can also contribute to this condition
What are the symptoms of pediatric sleep apnea?
For many sleep apnea sufferers, the most obvious symptoms occur while they are sleeping, making it difficult to self-diagnose. When it comes to your children, there are a few symptoms you should look for:
- Loud and persistent snoring on most nights
- Long pauses in breathing while sleeping
- Frequently waking up out of breath
- Increased irritability or moodiness
- Increased drowsiness or feeling sleepy during the day
- Difficulty concentrating in school
How can sleep apnea be treated?
The HealthyStart® System is an oral appliance therapy that promotes natural growth and development, which addresses the root causes of SDB.
The HealthyStart® System has been specifically designed to promote the proper growth and development of the jaw and airway to optimize airflow and promote proper nasal breathing while straightening your child’s teeth. As these areas develop many of the symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing disappear. When kids can breathe properly, they can begin to learn, grow, and blossom into their true genetic potential … just as nature intended.
Many kids with the above health disorders are being “treated” with powerful drugs without evaluating a possible root cause. Our office can evaluate your child and indicate if there is a breathing and sleeping issue. Please take the sleep and speech questionnaire to make an initial evaluation of your child.
Healthy Start not only addresses the root cause of Sleep Disorder Breathing it simultaneously straightens your child’s teeth without braces. Best of all, when treatment begins early, the perfect smiles that the HealthyStart® Appliance System creates are less likely to relapse!
HealthyStart® creates healthier, happier kids who can breathe. Rarely has there ever been a single appliance or system with the power to impact your child’s health in so many positive ways. As a parent, you owe it to your child to give them every chance to succeed. Call today for more information on how to help children achieve their full potential.
Every Child Deserves a Healthy Start!
HealthyStart® Appliances are FDA Cleared, BPA, Silicone and Latex Free, ISO Certified, and a Health Canada Class II Medical-Grade Device.
Treatment with the HealthyStart® Appliance System promotes natural growth and development and is safe and effective. HealthyStart® is non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical, pain-free and non-invasive therapy, is soft, comfortable and worn at night (or as directed) to assist parents who struggle with children affected by Sleep-Related Breathing Disorder, a restricted airway and crowded or crooked teeth