Sleep Disordered Breathing not only refers to breathing difficulties during sleep, but it is also a root cause for many other symptoms that children frequently exhibit. These symptoms are often left untreated or misdiagnosed.
These sleeping issues stem from airway disruption during sleep. As a child's breathing is restricted, their body reacts as though the child is choking, resulting in lower oxygen levels, higher heart rate and higher blood pressure.
Improper positioning of teeth can also cause SDB symptoms, as close baby teeth can often signify that a child's dental arches are too narrow. Adult teeth are bigger and wider than baby teeth, and if there isn't enough room for the adult teeth to grow in, the teeth begin to crowd together or protrude. Dental arches that are too narrow lead to unhealthy airway development, as the lack of room hinders facial growth and compromises the airway.
The central issue for many children suffering from the effects of Sleep Disordered Breathing is a compromised airway. When a child's airway is narrow, underdeveloped, or constricted in any way, the child will struggle to receive enough oxygen at night and may resort to mouth breathing to compound the issue.
The HealthyStart® System opens the airway by bringing the upper and lower jaws forward, allowing for maximum airflow, aiding in the improvement of Sleep Disordered Breathing symptoms. Our system also has the ability to encourage mid-face growth and airway development.
The width of the airway worsens over time if not treated, making it increasingly challenging for a child not only to breathe but also to live their day-to-day lives comfortably. The HealthyStart® System can open up the airway and improve airway width, while encouraging nasal breathing and ensuring that children are able to live happy and healthy lives.