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Sleep Apnea Treatment at Image Orthodontics

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What is Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Sleep apnea occurs when throat muscles relax and/or the brain does not send signals to the muscles that control breathing. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, you may have sleep apnea. 

Early diagnosis and treatment in children are important to prevent complications that can affect children’s growth, cognitive development and behavior. Studies have shown that children with sleep apnea are more likely to have behavioral problems, poor school performance and many other issues such as:

How do I know if my child has Sleep Apnea?

During sleep, sleep apnea symptoms may include:

  • Snoring
  • Mouth breathing
  • Snorting, coughing or choking
  • Pauses in breathing
  • Restless sleep
  • Nighttime sweating
  • Bed-wetting
  • Sleep terrors
  • Clenching/grinding teeth

At Image Orthodontics we offer sleep apnea treatment for children and adults without the need for a CPAP machine by using SomnoDent Oral Appliances. Our sleep apnea treatment plans consist of several options for early orthodontic treatment with non-surgical and non-invasive mouth expansion, straightening and uncrowding of the teeth that help expand the breathing airways to help promote normal breathing.

 

How Sleep Apnea Treatment Works:
Three Simple Steps

Schedule a free consultation with your Orthodontist

Our orthodontist will design a customized orthodontic treatment plan with non-surgical and non-invasive mouth expansion and/or straightening and uncrowding of the teeth that help expand the breathing airways to help promote normal breathing.

Treatment Begins

The details of treatment vary, depending on the seriousnes of your case and type of treatment recommended. There will be regular adjustment appointments so the orthodontist can evaluate your progress.

Improved Breathing & Sleep

Once your treatment is complete, your appliance and/or dental braces will be removed with a simple and relatively painless process. If necessary, a retainer will be made for your mouth and you will wear it for a period of time to ensure your results are maintained.

Did you know?

Pediatric sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which your child’s breathing is partially or fully blocked repeatedly during sleep. The condition is due to narrowing or blockage of the upper airway during sleep which can cause disruptive sleep. Studies have shown that children with sleep apnea are more likely to have behavioral problems, poor school performance and many other issues such as:

  • ADD & ADHD
  • Allergies & Asthma
  • Learning problems
  • Poor weight gain
  • Hyperactivity
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Ear infections

How do I know if my child has Sleep Apnea?

During sleep, sleep apnea symptoms may include:

  • Snoring
  • Mouth breathing
  • Snorting, coughing or choking
  • Pauses in breathing
  • Restless sleep
  • Nighttime sweating
  • Bed-wetting
  • Sleep terrors
  • Clenching/grinding teeth

Why seek early diagnosis and treatment?

Early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent complications that can affect children’s growth, cognitive development and behavior. Failure to diagnose and treat children with sleep apnea can result in serious but usually reversible problems which may include impaired growth, neurocognitive and behavioral dysfunction and cardiorespiratory failure. If your child consistently wakes up in the morning feeling tired and has behavioral problems make an appointment your doctor for proper diagnosis.

How Image Orthodontics can help

Image Orthodontics has expert knowledge in the diagnosis sleep apnea for children. We offer several options for early orthodontic treatment with non-surgical and non-invasive mouth expansion, straightening and uncrowding of the teeth that help expand the breathing airways to help promote normal breathing. Moreover, we have specialized in sleep apnea treatment without the need for a CPAP machine.

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