Oral Appliance Therapy Could Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problem

Nighty night and sleep tight, my child. All moms and dads want their children to get a good eight hours of slumber. A solid night of rest plays a key role in their physical and mental development. Sometimes, though, a good night’s sleep proves elusive to certain children.

Anatomical and airway irregularities—such as an underdeveloped or recessed lower jaw, a high-vaulted palate and crowded teeth—can affect a child’s breathing. These anomalies can lead to serious overnight disturbances such as loud snoring and sleep apnea.

Pediatric obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder in which a child’s breathing is repeatedly blocked partially or totally.

The office of Neon Kids Dental is highly skilled in the field of pediatric dentistry. We are superbly equipped to recognize and treat these structural problems that may cause your child’s sleep problems. We’re also experts at helping our patients feel welcome and relaxed.

Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is one of the most popular treatments for pediatric sleep apnea. Worn only during sleep, it employs custom-fit appliances that use plastic-like molds that conform to the shape of the child’s teeth and mouth. It fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer to support the jaw in a forward position, which helps maintain an open upper airway and allows for unobstructed airflow.

After a careful evaluation—which includes a complete examination of your child’s teeth, jaw, tongue, airway and possibly an X-ray of his (or her) whole mouth—we will recommend and develop the device that’s right for him. After being carefully fitted, you will bring him in for follow-up visits so we can carry out periodic adjustments that will ensure the oral appliance’s maximum effectiveness.

OAT has been proved to be an effective, safe and non-invasive treatment option for people of all ages. It’s comfortable, portable and easy to wear.

Neon Kids Dental is committed to your child’s oral health. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. To learn more about OAT, our office and the many services we provide, please call us today

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