Sleep-disordered breathing is an umbrella term that is encompasses breathing difficulties that occur during sleep. It can include anything from mouth breathing to snoring to obstructive sleep apnea. It is of utmost importance to diagnose it in the developing and growing child to help prevent any behavioral issues associated with it.
Why does this happen?
- tongue tie
- improper growth and development (narrow palate, crowded teeth, deep bite)
- low Vitamin D
- other contributing factors
Common symptoms associated with
Sleep Disordered Breathing?
- Bed wetting
- Tossing and turning
- Grinding the teeth
- Learning difficulties in school (ADHD, ADD)
- Cardiovascular effects
- Daytime sleepiness
How can Dr. Damon help?
Dr. Damon and the team at Dallas Pediatric Dentistry will complete a comprehensive examination on your child. Once a validated sleep screening questionnaire and exam are completed, it will be determined if the child needs an airway exam. If signs and symptoms point to SDB, Dr. Damon will begin to set the foundation for your child to help grow the maxilla and mandible to prevent airway issues.
Steps to involve Dr. Damon
- Call our office to set up a discovery call to see if we are the right fit for you
- Begin the journey to take the steps to get your child on the right path with their growth and development via our airway exam.
- Consultation to discuss findings with parents
- Referrals made when appropriate (This takes a TEAM approach!)
- Begin the treatment phase
Treatment completed through:
- Orthodontic appliances
- Myofunctional therapy
- Other orthodontic modalities
- Referal to other allied health professionals
- ENT referral