If we diagnose and correct airway problems early in growing individuals, we can help change their growth trajectory – helping prevent adult sleep apnea, preventing the need for jaw surgery later in life, and creating an environment for the normal growth and development of your child.
An estimated 9 out of 10 children exhibit one or more outward symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB).
Frequently Associated Symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing:
- Irritability & Agressive Behavior
- Swollen Tonsils & Adenoids
- Daytime Drowsiness
- Restless Sleep
- ADD / ADHD
- Difficulty in School, Low Grades in School
- Chronic Allergies
- Night Terrors /Nightmares
- Dark Circles Under the Eyes
- Frequent Morning Headaches
- Mouth Breathing
- Teeth Grinding (= Bruxism)
- Crowded Teeth, Underdeveloped jaws
- Delayed Growth
- Arrested Growth & Development
- Behavioral Issues
- Excessively Dry/Chapped Lips
Signs to look for that may cause airway issues and sleep disordered breathing:
- Underdeveloped jaws
- Obstructed Airway
Obstructed Airway ( Nasal or Oral obstruction)
When the airflow is obstructed nasally, the individual is forced to breathe through their mouth.
Signs of obstructed airway:
- Have you heard your child snore?
- Have you heard your child stop breathing?
- Have you heard your child grind his or her teeth?
- Does your child toss and turn through the night?
- Is there a history of bed wetting?
- Do you observe daytime sleepiness?
- Do you observe hyperactivity and/or an inability to pay attention to tasks?