Can you hear your child snoring from down the hall? Is your child frequently wetting the bed or having nightmares? If so, your child may be suffering from Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). Over recent years, studies have shown that SDB is much more serious of a condition than we thought. While we now understand the importance of SDB, it can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, as SDB symptoms are often overlooked or misdiagnosed.

It is estimated that 9 out of 10 children suffer from one or more symptoms of SDB. In addition to causing excessive tiredness, SDB can lead to several debilitating health disorders, including:

  • Chronic allergies
  • Aggressive behavior or irritability
  • Mouth breathing
  • Lower IQ or lower grades in science, math and spelling
  • Snoring
  • Bedwetting
  • Swollen Adenoids & Tonsils
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Crooked teeth
  • Restless sleep
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Nightmares
  • Frequent headaches
  • Halted growth
Does Your Child Suffer from One of the Above Health Disorders? Consider HealthyStart™

The HealthyStart™ system is specifically designed to use oral appliance therapy as a way to treat SDB and its symptoms. According to studies, SDB-induced oxygen deprivation greatly contributes to the above health disorders. By wearing an oral appliance, your child’s airway passage can remain unobstructed and help your child breathe properly.

HealthyStart™ oral appliances are designed to promote the proper growth of the jaw and airway, thus promoting proper nasal breathing and helping your child avoid SDB-associated health disorders. The HealthyStart™ appliances also work to straighten your child’s teeth without braces. With proper jaw alignment, an unobstructed airway and a straighter smile, any symptoms of SDB that your child may experience can begin to disappear. This can ultimately help your child grow, learn and develop normally and to their greatest potential.

Treating the Cause, Not the Symptoms

Many children who experience one or more of the health conditions listed above are simply given medication to “treat” that symptom. Rarely is the root cause explored or even discovered. At Highland Creek Family Dental, we take a different approach. If your child is suffering from any of the above conditions, our Dentists, Dr. Shane T. Cope and Melinda Bodine, can examine your child for signs of obstructed or irregular breathing. We may also have you complete a questionnaire about your child’s sleep and speech patterns. This will help us identify and treat the source of your child’s condition instead of providing just a band-aid solution.

HealthyStart™ Oral Appliances

If our dentists find that SDB is to blame for your child’s condition, we will provide your child with a HealthyStart™ oral appliance. These appliances are comfortable, BPA- and latex-free to give your child an effective treatment. These oral appliances are also FDA-approved. They provide your child with a safe, non-invasive, pain-free and effective treatment.

Why HealthyStart™?

HealthyStart™ is designed to help children breathe better, which ultimately can help them be happier, healthier and more successful. Only on rare occasions have a single appliance or treatment effectively helped improve a child’s health in so many ways. But with HealthyStart™, we see it happen on a daily basis.

If you notice any of the symptoms of SDB in your child’s behavior, do not hesitate to give your child the treatment they need. Come visit Highland Creek Family Dental or contact us at 765-807-0592 and learn how our Dentists, Dr. Shane T. Cope and Dr. Melinda Bodine, and our team can help your child with HealthyStart™ in Lafayette, Indiana.

Every child deserves a healthy start!