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Pediatric Sleep Apnea

Healthy Sleep, Happy Kids

Is your child acting out? Are they getting in trouble at school or daycare? Are you worried it may be serious? If you are at your wits end, it may be your child suffers from disordered sleep or pediatric sleep apnea.


Signs and symptoms of pediatric sleep disorders

Have you ever been so tired you were emotional?

Now, imagine being a kid with that level of exhaustion. Kids with sleep disorders can have difficulty in school and at home. It may seem like they are being strong-willed or obstinate—but their behavior may be a sign of a more serious issue.

Red Flags

If you notice major changes in your child’s behavior, they might not be sleeping well.

Daytime challenges

  • Mood swings
  • Overeating
  • Getting in trouble at school
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Falling asleep during the day

Nighttime challenges

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Trouble staying asleep
  • Mouth breathing
  • Snoring
  • Sleepwalking

If you suspect your child may be suffering…

We are here to help. Dr. Dassani is known in the dental community for her passion and experience diagnosing and treating pediatric sleep apnea.


If you are concerned, pediatric sleep apnea dentist Dr. Dassani can help your family with a diagnosis of disordered sleep.

She will collaborate with you and your doctor to schedule an overnight sleep study. Your child will be monitored, and oxygen levels measured.


There are many possible factors to look for if you suspect your child isn’t sleeping well.

Risk factors

  • Obesity
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Low birth weight

Treatment options

HealthyStart LogoThe 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.

Advanced Lightwire Functional (ALF) Appliance

Do you suffer from any of the following issues:

  • Crowded or crooked teeth
  • Bite problems: overbite, underbite or crossbite
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Breathing difficulties: sleep apnea or snoring
  • Posture concerns: forward head posture or rounded shoulders
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
  • Speech difficulties: lisp or articulation
  • Facial asymmetry or imbalance
  • Narrow arch or palate
  • Headaches, neck pain related to jaw or dental problems

You might want to consider an Advanced Lightwire Functional (ALF) Appliance – a versatile and minimally invasive orthodontic and positioning solution that can address all of the above concerns. This appliance consists of light, flexible wires that are custom-fit for each patient. The wires exert gentle forces on teeth and jaws, encouraging:

  • Proper alignment and movement
  • Straighter teeth
  • Improved bite
  • Jaw correction
  • Better facial symmetry
  • Optimized breathing and posture

ALF is a popular choice among patients who seek a more holistic approach to dental care (it’s also a lot less noticeable than traditional orthodontic treatments, and it typically requires fewer appointments).


Many children experience issues with their mouth posture (position of their jaw and tongue during everyday activities). This can have a negative influence on chewing, breathing, position of their teeth, and speaking. Dassani Dental can assist with the growth of your child’s jaws and face with a Biobloc appliance.

The Biobloc appliance includes an upper and lower appliance that work in concert to widen the upper jaw, reposition the lower jaw, and encourage proper alignment and growth. Your child’s muscles will re-learn their true positions to stimulate natural growth and development, resulting in a healthier, more balanced facial structure; and improved breathing, speaking, and chewing function.

The Biobloc appliance can help with a variety of orthodontic concerns such as:

  • Crowded or crooked teeth
  • Bite problems
  • Jaw misalignments
  • Breathing issues
  • Speech concerns
  • TMJ disorders

Our experienced team will work with you and your child to create a personalized treatment plan to meet your unique goals and ensure optimal results.

Biobloc 1 (BB1)

Biobloc 2 (BB2)

Biobloc 3 (BB3)

How to get a happier sleep

  • Removal of tonsils and adenoids
  • Use of Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • Palate expansion
  • Oral appliances

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.

Worried that your child may have sleep apnea?

Call (281) 488-4617 today for a consultation with Dr. Dassani.


Sleep apnea can be a problem for children, too

Dentists are often the ones to discover the sleep apnea in kids first.

Mom and dad can rest easy too

There are ways you can help your child rest easier. Do your best to set your child’s environment up for a good night’s rest.

Mom and Dad can help with

  • Healthy diet
  • Early bedtime
  • Exercise
  • Limiting exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Limit pets and other allergens

Healthy sleep means happy kids. Kids need good sleep in order to grow and thrive.

If your child is struggling, don’t wait for another restless night. Dr. Dassani and her team are standing by to help.


Orthotropics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on correction of a patient’s oral and head posture by guiding the growth of the facial bones and correcting the oral environment, creating more space for the teeth and tongue by natural expansion of the palate. In children, the goal is to provide space in the mouth for all teeth, including the third molars or wisdom teeth. This is achieved in three ways:

  • Improvement of muscle tone
  • Correction of facial posture
  • Teaching correct swallowing patterns

Different removable oral appliances are used to help with this process. Dr. Dassani also uses myofunctional therapy—exercises that teach patients to swallow correctly and build muscle function.

Myofunctional Therapy

The position of the tongue when swallowing impacts a person’s health, smile, and speech. An abnormal tongue position called a deviated swallow or “tongue thrust” can be found in adults and children with special needs, those living with speech disorders, and or even people who have misaligned teeth.

Myofunctional therapy is a specialized training method that exercises the mouth and facial muscles to correct a deviated swallow. Therapy is customized for each individual based on age and oral health condition and is intended to teach the patient to swallow correctly over time. Learning a healthier swallowing pattern should eventually lead to facial muscle strength and control, clearer speech, proper tooth positioning, and even more efficient digestion.

Dr. Dassani uses myofunctional therapy to assist in the treatment of pediatric sleep apnea.

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