Sleep Disordered Breathing

Orthodontic Treatment Sleep Apnea in Children

Does your child snore?

Is your child disruptive in school?

Does your child awaken during the night?

Does your child grind their teeth?

Does your child fall asleep during school?

Does your child wet the bed?

Does your child have a difficult time paying attention?

If you answered YES to any of these questions you may need to visit Wise Orthodontics for an Orthodontic evaluation.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs in the pediatric population. Excellent research shows that pediatric OSA is a disorder of breathing characterized by prolonged, partial upper airway obstruction and or complete obstruction that disrupts normal ventilation during sleep. OSA affects approximately 18 million people in the United States and is a common form of sleep disordered breathing (SDB).

Signs of untreated sleep apnea in school-aged children may include bed wetting and poor school performance due to misdiagnosed ADHD, aggressive behavior, or development delay.

An orthodontist can look at the back of your child’s throat and the roof of their mouth to determine if he or she is at risk for SDB.  The standardized scoring shown here is one clue we look for to diagnose SDB.

Orthodontists are expert at oral facial growth and development.  Dr. Wise and Dr. Lee have more than 30 years of experience treating children who show signs of SDB.  Please consider bringing your young child in for an orthodontic consultation on or about their 7th birthday or sooner if you are concerned about their breathing.

Screening of Sleep Disordered Breathing

Modern 3D imaging at Wise Orthodontics allows us to evaluate the shape and size of your child’s airway.  Is there a relationship to the teeth?  Can orthodontic intervention at an early age help your child breathe better and develop normally?  Get answers to these questions and more when you schedule your free consultation.

Questionnaire for Parents

Download this short questionnaire and answer its questions.  Bring it in with you for your consultation and let us know what is happening with your child’s sleep.  This will help determine if your child may be experiencing sleep disordered breathing.

An Orthodontist’s story about Sleep Apnea

In the life of a practice, some patients create a lasting impression. When lives change for the better after successful treatment, it is not just a relief for the patient, but a time of reflection for the doctor. Such were my observations and experience with Sebastian, who at age 7 presented to my office with crowding and crooked teeth.  Read more

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