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Childhood Sleep Apnea and the Long-Term Effects


Children are at risk of airway sleep disorders much like adults. And just like with adults, it's important to treat these conditions as soon as possible to prevent other complications, especially during children's development years. Leaving the condition untreated can have dire long-term consequences on the child's developing brain and their overall health. Growing children need more rest and a much higher percentage of both deep sleep and specifically REM sleep than adults. Snoring, sleep apnea and other airway disorders in children can affect the quality of sleep these young ones are able to get.

Childhood sleep disorders can have major developmental effects on your children. REM sleep, for instance, is vital for the child's brain in its developmental phase. It will prove very vital in a child's ability to learn new skills as well as in forming memories and sharpening their decision-making ability.

Deep sleep, on the other hand, can influence the development of the prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain is deeply involved in reasoning, processing information and solving problems.

Airway sleep disorders disrupt both of these processes. This, in turn, can have adverse effects on the development of a child's mental faculties as well as in their behaviors. The prefrontal cortex can be affected in this case. If this happens, the child may experience a kind of language and speech impairment along with IQ problems. According to research, sleep apnea may reduce your child's IQ by 10 points. Behavioral problems including ADHD, hyperactivity, anxiety, depression and aggression, as well as learning and socializing problems, may also be experienced.

If your child has been diagnosed with an airway sleep disorder, you may want to get him or her checked for other things such as their airway openness, nose breathing ability, sleep quality, jaw development and facial tone, among others. Treatment may involve the use of Myobrace to stimulate the placement of the tongue in the palate, strengthen the lip seals and keep the jaws forward at night. This helps prevent snoring and mouth breathing so your child can sleep soundly.

You can contact Dr. Buck and the Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics team at 206-316-8286 to help you evaluate and treat airway sleep disorders in children and other related conditions.

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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!​