Sleep-related breathing disorders, which range from mouth breathing to sleep apnea, can occur not only in adults but also in children. Disordered respiration during sleep occurs when the sleep cycle is interrupted primarily by the airway being blocked or collapsing. It is now evident that jaw development and malocclusion are related to this phenomenon. Research shows a strong correlation between sleep breathing disorders and damaging consequences on a child’s behavior, learning, brain development, academics, ADHD, and overall health.
An outstanding number of adults are currently suffering from sleep disordered breathing that has been a consequence of underdeveloped jaw growth during childhood.
Our goal is to provide families with a comprehensive approach to help a child's jaw develop fully. This may include collaborative planning with other airway specialists.