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Pediatric Sleep and Habit Correction

We all know how important sleep is to the health of our bodies. But did you know 9 out of 10 children have some symptom of Sleep Disordered Breathing? For some kids, they may adapt and grow up completely fine. For others, this can manifest in symptoms listed below:

  • Mouth Breathing

  • Tooth Grinding

  • Chronic Allergies

  • ADHD

  • Depression

  • Irritability/Anger

  • Bed Wetting 

  • Difficulty in School

  • Restless Sleep

  • Sleep Talking/Walking

  • Daytime Drowsiness 

At North Court Family Dentistry, we use a system called The Healthy Start. It's a series of appliances that are worn at night and for a few hours during the day to teach their bodies naturally to become better breathers. These appliances address sleep disordered breathing issues as well as encourage teeth to erupt correctly if started early enough. Many kids who are compliant and use the appliances correctly go on to not need braces or to wear retainers in the future.  

We also use an appliance called a Habit Corrector that teaches a child's tongue to stay at the roof of their mouth. This allows the tongue to push on the teeth and widen the palate with every swallow. It's a holistic and safe way to help a child achieve a better night's sleep. 

Take The Healthy Start Quiz below to see if your child may be a candidate for Sleep Disordered Breathing.