When children experience difficulties breathing due to problems with the growth and development of the jaw and oral structures, they can suffer from sleep disorders. In order to help children in Livonia, MI, obtain the sleep needed to remain healthy and succeed in school, we may suggest orthotropic appliances. In today’s blog, we’re answering common questions about treating childhood sleep difficulties.
Frequently Asked Questions About Orthotropics
Question: How do I know if my child isn’t breathing well at night?
Answer: First, if you notice your child snores, appears to stop breathing, or experiences loud mouth breathing, this could point to airway obstruction. The obstruction prevents children from reaching the REM stage of sleep, leaving them exhausted the next day even if they appear to have slept throughout the night. Kids with sleep disordered breathing may also wake frequently, have trouble going to sleep or waking up, talk or walk during sleep, experience nightmares, or have trouble staying awake during the day. If you recognize any of these potential symptoms, then let us know right away so we can offer a thorough and precise diagnosis.
Question: What long-term impacts will sleep disorders cause?
Answer: When a child doesn’t obtain proper rest, he or she may have trouble focusing on tasks at school, falling behind. Moodiness and tantrums may be more likely, and these difficulties staying focused and emotional outbursts could mean a misdiagnosis of ADD or ADHD. In addition to difficulties reaching milestones in childhood, as your little one reaches the teen and adult years sleep apnea could become more likely. The issues with the jaw and oral structures behind the obstructed breathing could also lead to changes in facial structure and dental alignment, requiring more substantial treatments later in life.
Question: How does an orthotropic device help?
Answer: We take detailed digital impressions of your child’s smile, and use advanced technology to obtain a clear picture of the jaw, oral structures, and teeth. Using this information, we design and create a unique oral appliance. Worn at night like a mouthguard, the device fits comfortably and actually adjusts the bite and jaw, creating airways and ensuring better breathing. The device also helps guide and alter the growth of the jaw and oral tissues, improving facial structure, reducing the risk of misalignment and sleep apnea, and offering your child improved sleep. If you have any questions or feel your little one could benefit from a diagnosis, then contact our team.
Do You Have More Questions?
If you have more questions about childhood sleep disorders or our orthotropic appliances, then please let us know. James Stewart, DDS, and our team serve patients from Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, MI and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.