Over the last 20 years, research has shown that a connection exists between many childhood health issues and a single likely root- Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). The main concern for many children suffering from the effects of SDB is a compromised airway. A child with a narrow, underdeveloped, or in any way constricted airway may struggle to get enough oxygen at night and thus resort to mouth breathing. Mouth breathing is different from nasal breathing and often leads to further compromises in the airway. Mouth breathing can prevent the proper function of the tongue and other orofacial muscles children need to speak, swallow, chew, and function. It can also cause the delicate tissues of the tonsils and adenoids to swell and become enlarged, which can further restrict the airway and thus perpetuate the cycle of needing to mouth breathe. Bringing the upper and lower jaws forward while making them wider can help open up the airway of a growing child.
Some of the symptoms linked to Sleep Disordered Breathing are:
At Mineola Dental Wellness, we work with Vivos Life appliances in order to address the underlying cause of Sleep Disordered Breathing, an underdeveloped dental arch. We urge you to reach out with any questions you may have.