Healthy Start for Kids – Las Vegas, NV
Where Better Sleep Leads to Improved Lives
ADD, ADHD & Bed-Wetting are some of the many symptoms of Sleep-Related Breathing Disorder
Do you need a children’s dentist who can address your little one’s inability to sleep? Maybe they’re suffering from facial abnormalities that stem from a difficulty in being able to breathe through their nose? At iSleepSolutions, Dr. Pamela West and her team understand the connection and negative effects inadequate sleep can have on a young child’s development. From misaligned bites and mouth breathing to behavioral issues and bedwetting, it’s all related. Fortunately, she has a new system that will not only improve your child’s ability to breathe freely through their mouth but also address many of the problems associated with poor sleep patterns – Healthy Start for Kids. To learn more about this unique program, contact our office today.
Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) 101
If your child is experiencing sleep disordered breathing (SDB), you will notice that they have a hard time breathing through their nose and instead, they will become what is known as a “mouth breather.” This improper method of breathing can negatively impact their facial development as well as lead to increasing behavioral and social issues as a result.
Not only does SDB cause facial abnormalities (i.e. long face) with regard to its structure, but it can take a toll on your child’s psychological frame of mind, and their ability to breathe normally.
If a blockage is present within the nasal passageway, this will cause your little one to begin breathing through their mouth, resulting in their tongue repositioning itself in such a way that it causes the lower part of the face to become elongated. This creates an uneven balance between the upper and lower areas of the face as they grow.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms?
If you are unsure what to look for, the most common signs and symptoms associated with SDB include:
Should your child begin to exhibit any of the above-mentioned signs, make sure to call our office as soon as possible. Dr. West will work to get your child in for a thorough evaluation to determine if they are right for the program.
How the Healthy Start Program Can Help
As it is with any dental, medical, or other health-related problem, it is always best to seek treatment sooner rather than later. With Dr. West’s help, she can address the problems associated with SDB and give your child a chance to have a better quality of life.
After examining your child’s mouth and discussing the issues they are facing at home, she can take impressions of their smile, which are sent off to a lab. There, technicians work to build a custom-made oral device that your child will wear to improve their quality of sleep. Apart from helping them to rest better, this device will also fix their tongue placement, jaw, and teeth alignment, putting a stop to any current structural changes that can occur because of improper breathing.
What is the Process?
While the Healthy Start program may not be the right method of treatment for every child, Dr. West and her team will evaluate and examine your child to make sure they are exhibiting the symptoms and experiencing the structural changes and problems that are most closely aligned with SDB.
Should they believe your child is a qualified candidate, she will create a customized treatment plan for you to review. This will explain the process of receiving an oral device and how it will work to improve your child’s sleep patterns and facial development.
After taking impressions of their smile, a custom-made oral appliance will be created to ensure it fits comfortably within their mouth while they sleep. Based on the severity of your child’s SDB, Dr. West will recommend how long and when your child will need to wear the device.
Within a short amount of time, you and your little one will begin to notice a significant difference in how they are breathing and sleeping. You will also see a change in their way their jaw, teeth, and facial features appear, giving them an enhanced aesthetic that boosts their confidence levels and leads to improved behaviors at school and home.
Healthy Start for Kids FAQs
When it comes to better understanding your kid’s sleep apnea, you likely have a lot of questions. This is completely normal, and the team at iSleepSolutions is ready to help. With the goal of helping little ones achieve better rest while breathing easier and avoiding more serious complications in the future, Dr. West and her team wish to put your mind at ease and provide greater clarification about the Healthy Start program. Below you will find a list of FAQs to help you get started. If you have any additional questions and would like to schedule a free consultation, contact us today.
If sleep problems remain untreated, can other health conditions occur?
Yes, it is possible that more serious health-related problems can occur. The most common include high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, depression, speech impediments, lack of physical growth, decreased blood flow to the lungs.
How likely is it that a child with a sleep breathing disorder will develop ADD/ADHD?
Although not all children with sleep breathing disorders develop ADD/ADHD, statistics state that nearly 20% of children with moderate cases and those with almost 14% of severe cases are 12.1 times more likely to have this medical condition.
Will my child be able to bite through the oral appliance?
After visiting a sleep center and starting your child on the Healthy Start program, they will receive a softer appliance in the beginning because we want them to become accustomed to the material and process. As a result, it is possible for them to bite through their oral appliance. Fortunately, if this happens, you can alert Dr. West and our team, and we will issue a stronger, more durable appliance that will make it much more difficult for your child to bite through.
What is the best way to clean this appliance?
When your child wakes in the morning and removes their oral appliance, it can be cleaned using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste. After it is thoroughly cleaned, it should be rinsed and shaken to ensure any excess water is gone. While you do not want the appliance to become brittle, it is best if it is allowed to air dry for a short while (20-30 minutes). After this time, it can be placed in a protective case.
Do orthodontic problems that occur in baby teeth correct themselves when permanent teeth erupt?
It is highly unlikely this will happen, as most research states that the eruption of permanent teeth does not suddenly clear up any ongoing orthodontic problem. This is why the Healthy Start program can be so beneficial, as it will address tooth alignment, jaw placement, and current structural issues that can negatively impact your child’s facial features and ability to breathe freely at night.