Improving Children’s Sleep With An Oral Appliance

When children have trouble sleeping, everything from their performance to school or their mood is impacted. Fortunately, help is available with orthotropics. Using treatment, such as a Biobloc appliance, we have options to help children in Livonia, MI, and surrounding communities sleep easier and avoid the complications related to sleep deprivation and exhaustion. Find out how we improve sleep with our custom oral appliances.

How Do Children Develop Problems Sleeping?

As kids grow and change, so to do their smiles. However, occasionally issues with the growth of the jaw, as well as the oral tissues, including the tonsils, impact air passages. When children sleep at night, these tissues actually impede airflow, so children have trouble breathing as they sleep. They may wake frequently, snore, experience shallow breathing, or choke and gasp in sleep. Kids don’t reach the REM stage of sleep and feel tired and exhausted during the day. These same issues with breathing due the jaw and oral tissues could increase the risk of dental misalignment, poor facial structure, and even sleep apnea as your little one reaches his or her teen and adult years.

When Should I See My Dentist?

Have you noticed your child has become more prone to tantrums, has emotional outbursts, and struggles to concentrate and succeed in school? Does he or she wake in the night, experience restless sleep, have trouble getting up, or try to nap frequently during the day? These are just a few of the symptoms that could indicate your child isn’t sleeping well. For some, the impact on behavior could be so severe that they could be misdiagnosed as having ADD or ADHD. If your child experiences poor and frequently interrupted sleep, then let us know. You can also take our Child Sleep Health Questionnaire on our website, which asks questions about their sleep habits to gauge their risk.

Treatment with Biobloc Appliances

To treat the issue, we will create a custom-made oral appliance. The device will be worn by your child as he or she sleeps. The appliance fits like a mouthguard, but actually repositions the jaw to help keep airways free and clear throughout the night. The device also guides the growth of the jaw and oral structures, to prevent sleep issues later in life. If you have any questions about orthotropic treatment, or if you think your little one could benefit from these devices, then please contact our team today.


We’re ready to work with your little one to help him or her enjoy a better night’s rest. James Stewart, DDS, and our team serve patients from Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, MI and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.