As your children grow, their oral tissues and structures grow and change as well. However, issues with the development of the jaw and other oral tissues may impact their overall health, leading to problems breathing and sleeping. Fortunately, we can help children in Livonia, MI, with orthotropics.
Frequently Asked Questions About Orthotropics
Question: How do issues with breathing lead to sleep problems?
Answer: When problems develop with the development of the jaw and oral tissues, then breathing may be restricted. In addition, misalignment will be more likely to occur. These breathing issues may make the risk of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) more likely to occur as they enter their teen years and adulthood.
Question: What happens if the issue remains untreated?
Answer: Without treatment, misalignment may form, which increases the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder, and teeth grinding. The issues with jaw and airway development may mean exhaustion, restlessness, and behavioral issues at school. Sleep apnea in adulthood will lead to a higher risk of depression, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack.
Question: Will an oral appliance help?
Answer: Addressing the problem in childhood will help protect your child from serious health complications. First, you can take our Child Sleep Health Questionnaire, which assesses your child’s risk. Form there, we can perform an exam and create a custom-made oral appliance. The orthotropic device will widen the mouth and guide the development of the jaw and oral tissues, helping ensure your children avoid misalignment, sleep disorders, and other complications as they grow older. If you have any questions about orthotropic treatments, or if the results of our questionnaire indicate your child could benefit from treatment, then contact our team today. Let us help you safeguard the health of your little ones!
DOES YOUR CHILD NEED HELP?
We treat children suffering from breathing and sleep issues, helping them enjoy a better quality of life. James Stewart, DDS, and our team serve patients from Livonia, MI, as well as Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.