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Does My Child Need a Sleep Study?

Having your child get the ideal amount and quality hours of sleep is important for their future growth, promotes good health, and encourages cognitive development. If your child is having problems sleeping, or is displaying irregular patterns, there may be something wrong with the way they are breathing. This can be a scary thought for most parents, so if you're unsure, it may be a good idea to conduct a sleep study. Sleep studies are used to identify irregularities, but having one conducted can be a challenge. We are here to help give you some advice on if you should conduct a sleep study for your child.

Why Should I Worry About my Child's Snoring

No child should snore. Snoring is a sign that there is a blockage of the airway and that soft tissues of the mouth and throat are preventing oxygen from accessing the brain, heart, and lungs. If this persists, developmental problems will occur as your child ages. Additionally, children who snore often get less quality sleep than those who don't. Those who snore frequently wake up throughout the night, leading to lower quality of sleep. This has been shown to lead to poor school performance, irritability, constant headaches, and much more. Some factors that may cause your children to snore include:

  • Swollen tonsils
  • Obesity
  • Congestion or allergies
  • Asthma
  • Blocked airway

Using a Take Home Sleep Study Kit

Typically, sleep physicians will only provide overnight, in-laboratory studies on kids younger than age 14. There is often a long delay to get these done and they are inconvenient and expensive for most families. So to make the process easier, take home sleep study kits are available. These kits can be performed in the comfort and familiarities of your child's own bed, making them feel more at ease. Dr. David Buck offers a convenient, accurate, and affordable take home sleep study kit at his practice. If this is a route you'd like to take, consider speaking with Dr. Buck to get a kit for your child.

Help Your Child get the Rest they Deserve

Schedule a consultation to discuss sleep studies with Dr. Buck today by calling 425-361-0826.

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Epigenetic Orthodontics can open and protect the airway enhancing breathing both during sleep and awake activities.

Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

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WOW! A 54% decrease in forward head posture; 164% increase in the antero-posterior size of the airway; 176% increase in the lateral size of the airway all from epigenetically centered jaw development orthopedics. This is the future of orthodontics!​