When children develop sleep disorders due to obstructed breathing or issues with the jaw and oral structures, this can lead to major complications at school and home. Fortunately, we have the ability to help families in Livonia, MI, by addressing childhood sleep troubles. As part of our approach to orthotropic treatment, we may recommend a custom-made Biobloc oral appliance.
The Causes of Poor Sleep
How does your child sleep? If you notice breathing difficulties, such as shallow breathing, snoring, gasping for breath, or brief periods of breathing cessation, these could indicate the presence of a disorder, one keeping your little one from resting properly. While awake, your sleep deprived child may be more likely to have mood swings, tantrums, difficulty concentrating on tasks at school, and the habit of falling asleep during the day. Bedtime could be problematic, and your child may wake several times in the night. If one or more of these symptoms sound familiar, then let us know. Your kid may need a diagnosis and treatment to ensure better nighttime breathing and restful sleep.
The Danger of Breathing Issues
When children don’t sleep, they have trouble reaching emotional milestones. They may fall behind at school, be misdiagnosed as having ADD or ADHD, or have trouble at home. As they grow older, the issues with oral structures and the jaw causing breathing problems could lead to misalignment, poor facial structure, or even the onset of sleep apnea in the teen and adult years. Addressing these issues at a young age, and we do offer treatment for kids as young as age three, helps ensure better rest and improved quality of life.
With orthotropic treatment, we employ custom-made and advanced oral appliances to improve rest. With a Biobloc device, the child wears a device that looks similar to a mouthguard. Worn during the night, the appliance actually repositions the jaw and oral structures to ensure open air passages, while simultaneously guiding the growth of these same oral tissues. Over time, this reduces the risk of a sleep disorders and helps your little one stay rested and alert. If you have any questions about treatment, or if your child could benefit from a Biobloc device, then contact our team. You can also visit our website to take our Child Sleep Health Questionnaire, which aids in the diagnosis process and could indicate the presence of a disorder.
Do You Children Need Treatment?
Our team would like to help your little ones enjoy optimal oral health and improved quality of life. James Stewart, DDS, and our team serve patients from Garden City, Westland, Redford, MI and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.