If you are looking for a solution that can reduce and even eliminate your child’s snoring, Healthy Start orthodontics may be just what your child needs. To learn more about Healthy Start in Columbus, OH, please call (614) 848-5001 today for an appointment with sleep dentist Dr. Michael Firouzian at the Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.
Symptoms of Snoring Problems
How do you know if your child has a snoring problem? You may be sleep when they snore and may not hear the sound. You might also know that there’s a sound, but you’re not sure whether it’s a problem. Here are some symptoms that might show your child has a problem:
- Difficulty in school
- ADHD or similar symptoms
- Mood swings, depression, or anger
- Tiredness during the day, even when they get enough sleep
- Morning headaches
- Strange sleeping positions
- Signs of difficulty breathing: sweating at night or labored breathing
- High blood pressure
These are all signs that your child has some degree of sleep disturbance. If you notice some of these symptoms during the daytime, try to observe your child’s sleeping to see if some of the other symptoms are present. It could be just snoring or it could even be childhood sleep apnea.
In either case, a child who snores may experience a lifetime of difficulty if they don’t get the right treatment.
Causes of Snoring Problems
Snoring occurs when the airflow in your child’s nose and throat is partially restricted. This leads to turbulence--a rough airflow--that causes the vibration of the nose, tongue, throat, and other soft tissues. The vibration is what causes the sound.
So what causes airflow restriction? This is normally caused by the narrowing of the airway. The airway can be narrowed as a result of weight gain, which adds extra fat to the throat and tongue.
Often, though, the problem is developmental. The size and shape of the jaws determine the size and shape of the airway. When the jaw isn’t well developed, the airway is narrow, which can cause it to be restricted. It may even close sometimes. When the airway closes, this cuts off the airflow, leading to intermittent suffocation of your child.
Whether airflow stops at night or not, snoring indicates that your child is not getting enough air at night.This causes poor sleep and leads to many of the observed daytime symptoms.
How Healthy Start Treats Snoring Problems
Healthy Start is an orthodontic approach that helps your child’s jaws and airway to develop. Healthy start uses clear plastic aligners worn at night to encourage the proper growth of your child’s jaws. Combined with a short period of active exercises during the day, the technique modifies the already active growth pattern your child is experiencing. This helps your child develop a healthy bite without metal braces.
As a result, your child’s breathing at night will improve. And in many cases this means your child will not need braces.
Are you concerned about your child’s snoring? Healthy Start may help your child resolve snoring, today, tomorrow, and for a lifetime. To learn whether Healthy Start is right for your child in Columbus, OH, please call (614) 848-5001 today for an appointment at the Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.