We offer orthotropics to help children suffering from poor sleep due to obstructed breathing. But how do parents in Livonia, MI, know if their child needs treatment? A good start can be found on our website. With our Childhood Sleep Health Questionnaire, we will assess your child’s sleep habits and help decide if they need treatment to avoid the long-term complications of poor rest.
Common Nighttime Symptoms
The questionnaire is going to ask a few questions about your child’s nighttime habits. First, how does your child breathe during sleep? If they stop occasionally, have trouble, or snore, this could indicate obstruction. We also want to know if your child is restless (changing positions or kicking), sweats during the night, or experiences nightmares, sleepwalking, or taking /screaming. Issues like these during the night could mean obstruction and lead to daytime drowsiness and irritability.
Common Daytime Symptoms
What’s it like when your little one gets up? Does your child have headaches, wet the bed, or complain about drowsiness or fall asleep during school? Learning difficulties, teeth grinding, frequent episodes of getting up in the night, after school naps, and ADD or ADHD may be reported as well. If you feel this describes your child, then please let us know.
We’re also going to ask about your child’s current medical status. For example, does your little one have allergies? Does he or she suffer from asthma or has your child undergone a recent surgery? We also want to know if your little one has had bad experiences at the dentist or has a health condition. We take all of these factors into consideration as we interact with and treat your children.
Causes and Treatment Options
These issues could be the result of jaw and oral structure growth impacting breathing, obstructing airflow during the night. In order to correct them, we may suggest an oral appliance, like an Biobloc appliance. Worn at night, the custom-made device repositions the jaw to keep airways free and open during rest. Over time, the appliance also helps guide and adjust the growth and formation of the jaw and oral structures. In addition to better nightime breathing, your child enjoys a reduced risk of misalignment, sleep apnea, and improved facial structure in some cases. If you have any questions or concerns, then please contact our team today. We want to help your children enjoy a better night’s rest!
Have You Taken Our Questionnaire?
If you feel your kid needs to undergo a diagnosis and talk about treatment, then please let us know. James Stewart, DDS, and our team serve patients from Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, MI and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.