Sleep Apnea

Improve Sleep – Correct Habits – Straighten Teeth

Early treatment is critical and catching sleep disorders or Sleep Apnea in children often go undiagnosed. Clinical research has found a link between sleep disordered breathing and common childhood health issues. Our Dental Professionals attended courses at Tuft’s University in Boston, to ensure they are providing the best treatment based on your child’s individual needs.

Signs your child could be experiencing sleep disorder breathing (SDB) problems:
  • Restless Sleep
  • Bedwetting
  • Snoring
  • Nightmares
  • Grinding Teeth
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Struggling in School
  • Hyperactivity
  • Aggressive Behaviour
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Chronic Allergies
  • Crowded/Crooked Teeth
  • Overbite
  • Swollen Adenoids/Tonsils

At Treehouse Dental Care, we’re excited to offer the VivoScore Sleep Ring which allows your child to take a sleep test in the comfort of their own bed. It records the sleep quality and duration as well as evaluates sleep-disordered breathing and sleep apnea. This is our preferred diagnostic tool because it is non-invasive and does not require your child to spend nights in a hospital or lab setting. There are no machines or wires involved either! The VivoScore ring is comfortable to wear and delivers faster results than a traditional sleep test.

Depending on the results of your child’s at-home sleep test, our specialists may recommend an oral appliance. An oral appliance is the ideal treatment option because it does not require pharmaceutical or surgical treatment, making it non-invasive for your child. It is a clinically proven technique to assist children affected by SDB, a restricted airway, and crooked or crowded teeth. The treatment can start as early as 2 years of age and it could help guide your child’s developing dentition into the correct alignment prior to their adult teeth taking position.

As your child’s mouth develops, the bone structure is easy to adjust and mold. An oral appliance can help guide the erupting teeth into position, which will assist in the proper development of the airway, resulting in better oral habits and sound sleep for your child. The correction of the alignment of the jaw will ensure incoming permanent teeth have the space they need to erupt straight, which could reduce the potential need for braces at a later age.

What to Expect

Step 1: Consultation – Call Treehouse Dental Care to book a complimentary consultation with our Vivos professionals. During this, you will gain further knowledge on the benefits of the system for your child before beginning the program.

Step 2: Treatment – Once you choose to proceed with the treatment your child will be scheduled for two x-rays. The first is a panoramic x-ray which will give imaging of the upper/lower jaw, all present teeth, and their sinuses. The second is a cephalometric x-ray which is from the side to provide a view of your child’s airway. We will also complete orthodontic impressions, photos of their dentition, and after we thoroughly evaluate these materials, they will receive their appropriate sleep disorder breathing appliance.

If You Are Concerned About Your Child’s Symptoms, Schedule a Consultation Today!

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