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.