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Breathe Well, Sleep Well

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.

What is Airway Orthodontics?

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.

Complications from OSA

  • Facial and jaw deformities
  • Growth hormone deficiency or stunted growth
  • Lung disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Congestive heart failure (heart enlargement)
  • Decreased IQ
  • Insulin resistance

Warning Signs

  • Snoring or labored breathing
  • Difficulty in school
  • Aggression
  • Bed wetting
  • Ear/sinus infections
  • Mouth breathing or snoring
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Drowsiness during the day

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.