Does your child have sleep disordered breathing?
Being a parent is hard. We are all trying to do what is right by our child and it can be difficult to find consistent and trustworthy information. As dentists, we can recognize signs of disordered sleep during your child’s dental evaluation. We can also provide a solution that will not only benefit your child’s dental health, but is also proven to improve sleep, behaviour, and overall health by increasing the amount of oxygen that your child intakes.
Complete this evaluation to assess your child and see if they would benefit from Healthy Start.
If you wish to learn more, book a consultation with Dr. Aisling Whitaker at our St Clair location.
What is Healthy Start?
Healthy Start is a system of appliances that works while your child is growing. The goal of treatment is reach the optimum tongue posture, breathing pattern and reshape the mouth such that the jaw and arch shape are ideal. This happens by using a night appliance that has myofunctional therapy built in. The initial appliance is the habit corrector, worn for approximately 6 months, which trains the tongue position and swallowing as well as addressing mouth breathing. Once habit correction is complete, your child will then move through the next stages of treatment – orthodontic guidance. The long term goal is to avoid unnecessary intervention later on such as surgical orthodontics, sleep apnea appliances and medications for behavioural issues.
Encourages nasal breathing
Trains tongue posture
Reduces snoring + grinding
Reduces bed wetting
Reduces ADHD behaviour
Straightens teeth while child grows
Eliminates thumb + finger sucking
Corrects open bite
Improves focus and grades