Orthodontics is not just for straightening teeth – it can also improve your child’s airway so that they (and you!) can sleep soundly at night and enjoy better breathing and overall health.
Airway Orthodontics focuses on your child’s airways and ability to breathe easily. It focuses on children who have trouble breathing while they sleep because of partially or fully obstructed airways.
This condition is known as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. It’s found in 5% of children and is associated with a high risk of severe medical problems such as learning and behavioral problems, heart disease, impaired growth, and failure to thrive.
While all these symptoms have multiple causes, if you notice that your child is experiencing several of them together, it may be worthing finding out if OSA is the root of the problem.
We recommend that all children visit an orthodontist by age seven, but it’s especially important if you think your child may be struggling with OSA. We’ll be able to determine a treatment plan that will have your child sleeping peacefully as soon as possible.