Sleep Apnea & Vivos
SLEEP-DISORDERED BREATHING IN CHILDREN
Where Smiles Grow Dental is committed to helping children with sleep and breathing problems. Quality sleep and breathing are vital for our overall health, growth, and development. Dr. Decker is trained in The Vivos System. This system is designed to help patients sleep, breathe, grow and develop to their greatest potential.
The best part about The Vivos System is that it is non-surgical, non-invasive, and requires no medications. In the past decade, over 17,000 patients have received treatment with The Vivos System, including Dr. Decker’s daughter, Caroline. Vivos Guides are removable appliances, that are a version of early phase orthodontics. They use the patient’s natural, genetic growth potential, to guide and promote wider, forward, and downward jaw growth.
WHAT IS SLEEP-DISORDERED BREATHING?
Over 22 million Americans suffer from Sleep-disordered breathing. The two most common types of sleep disorder breathing are caused by under breathing (hypopnea) or not breathing (apnea). This poor sleep does not allow your child to get into a deep and restful stage of restorative sleep they require to grow and thrive. Sleep-disordered breathing actually has the opposite outcome of restful and restorative sleep. Your child’s brain senses the lack of oxygen throughout their body and the brain tells their body that it is threatened! They enter a state of “fight or flight”. Their heart rate increases, their blood pressure increases, adrenaline surges, and inflammation occurs. The long-term consequences of sleep-disordered breathing are “breathtaking” (pun intended). Here is a list of conditions that can be directly related to sleep-disordered breathing.
- Chronic Allergies
- Delayed/Stunted Growth
- High Blood Pressure
- Low IQ
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Difficulty in School
- Aggressive Behavior
- Pre-mature Death
SIGNS THAT YOUR CHILD HAS SLEEP-DISORDERED BREATHING
- Mouth Breathing
- Ending up in your bed
- Restless sleep (kicks legs, moves a lot)
- Night terrors
- Crooked/crowded teeth
- Dark circles under their eyes
- Waking up throughout the night
- Frequent sleep interruptions
- Difficulty falling asleep