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A new advantage for raising a healthier child

No child between two- and four-years-old should be snoring. Snoring and open-mouth breathing at night are detrimental to a child’s growth, development and cognitive functions. Children should have the best quality of sleep and need ten-to-sixteen hours of high-quality sleep each night for proper development.

 

There is reputable medical research that shows jaw development strategies in younger children promote healthy and optimal sleep patterns. With technology from Myobrace, we can intervene on sleep and jaw development problems with long-term solutions for children as young as three or four years-old. Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics treats children as young as two- to four-years-old with treatments that protect sleep and jaw development. Early intervention on jaw development promotes healthy airway, jaw and facial development for a lifetime.

 

The simple and elegant Myobrace appliance stimulates placement of the tongue in the palate, strengthens lip seal and keeps the jaws forward at night. All of these factors promote proper growth and development of the face and jaws. In the process, the Myobrace appliance protects sleep, especially deep sleep, which is so vital to a young developing brain. Children who wear a Myobrace appliance report feeling better, having more energy and perform better in school.

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Don’t ignore the symptoms just because they are common.

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We’ve grown up in a culture where the first orthodontic screening usually happens at age 7. If it is determined that a child requires orthodontia, they begin a waiting period until around the age of 12 when their permanent teeth have erupted. With today’s science, we know better. We know that orthopedic stimulation can maximize the full genetic growth potential of the jaw and we know that this technique has multiple benefits for children. That means the waiting period for orthodontics is a missed opportunity to promote health and well-being in a child.

 

By starting early in a child’s facial development, we can use Myobrace technology and other orthopedic stimulation to maximize the full genetic potential of facial growth. Dr. Buck believes it is possible a high percentage of children he is treating with these techniques will not need braces at all in their early teen years.

 

By eliminating snoring and mouth breathing by developing the child’s airway, the Myobrace technology assures for restful sleep and all the developmental benefits that affords a growing child. The full forward developed jaws also create competent airways and proper body posture which are key factors in avoiding sleep apnea as an adult. Additionally, the a fully formed jaw creates aesthetically pleasing, fully developed facial features.

 

At Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics, we’ve successfully treated many adult and teenage patients using these techniques. With Myobrace, we can now bring this leading-edge dental science to children as young as four years-old, increasing the benefit the science can have on their lives. For more information on how Myobrace can benefit your child, please contact us here.

Children are not just small adults. The threshold for sleep disordered breathing (SDB) in children is much lower than adults. In adults, episodes where breathing stops or is reduced must last 10 or more seconds before being considered an apnea or hypopnea. Even healthy adults have some degree of sleep-related disordered breathing. There is an apnea index to differentiate normal from pathologic apnea. The apnea index is an average of the number of apneas occurring per hour during sleep. Apnea indices of fewer than 5 events per hour and hypopnea indices of fewer than 5 events per hour are generally considered to be within normal limits by adult standards.

Healthy children have fewer episodes of sleep disordered breathing than adults, and adult criteria is inadequate for diagnosing OSA in children. Most pediatric sleep centers view apneas or hypopneas that occur more than once per hour as abnormal. Other diagnostic factors are should be considered. It is not cute if your child snores – it is dangerous.

What are the common symptom related to poor sleep patterns and underdeveloped jaw structure in children?

  • Hyperactivity
  • Inattention
  • Impulsivity
  • Oppositional behavior
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Difficulty waking up in the morning
  • Bed wetting (enuresis)
  • Academic problems and poor cognitive performance as compared to peers
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Insulin resistance and pre diabetes syndrome
  • Slowed growth patterns
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Restless sleep patterns
  • Chronic upper respiratory infections
  • Enlarged tonsils and adenoids
  • Asthma
  • Immune suppression
  • Night sweating
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • fatigue
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What is the difference between sleep apnea in children and in adults?

Children are not just small adults. The threshold for sleep disordered breathing (SDB) in children is much lower than adults. In adults, episodes where breathing stops or is reduced must last 10 or more seconds before being considered an apnea or hypopnea. Even healthy adults have some degree of sleep-related disordered breathing. There is an apnea index to differentiate normal from pathologic apnea. The apnea index is an average of the number of apneas occurring per hour during sleep. Apnea indices of fewer than 5 events per hour and hypopnea indices of fewer than 5 events per hour are generally considered to be within normal limits by adult standards.

Healthy children have fewer episodes of sleep disordered breathing than adults, and adult criteria is inadequate for diagnosing OSA in children. Most pediatric sleep centers view apneas or hypopneas that occur more than once per hour as abnormal. Other diagnostic factors are should be considered. It is not cute if your child snores – it is dangerous.

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The Effects of Mouth Breathing

Mouth breathing is chaotic, and it disrupts the balance of CO2 and O2 in the blood.  This leads to a chemical imbalance of blood pH due to breathing off CO2 from the lungs which always occurs with mouth breathing. This effect causes over-breathing in rate with shallow patterns of breathing that are unhealthy.  Lowered CO2 in the blood always decreases the oxygen delivery to all tissues including the brain which is the most sensitive tissue to oxygen. A young child with highly active and developing neural tissue can be adversely affected by decreased oxygen delivery during sleep as a result of chronic mouth breathing.

 At the same time, mouth breathing activates the stress side of the nervous system, increasing stress hormones.  This creates, among other things, excess circulating cortisol. Cortisol destabilizes blood sugar, elevating it and leading to over-secretion of insulin and a feedback cycle of elevated triglycerides and fat storage.  Improper hunger comes from this effect due to episodes of low blood sugar. Finally, elevated stress activation contributes to systemic inflammation.

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Long-term benefits

We’ve grown up in a culture where the first orthodontic screening usually happens at age 7.  If it is determined that a child requires orthodontia, they begin a waiting period until around the age of 12 when their permanent teeth have erupted.  With today’s science, we know better.  We know that orthopedic stimulation can maximize the full genetic growth potential of the jaw and we know that this technique has multiple benefits for children.  That means the waiting period for orthodontics is a missed opportunity to promote health and well-being in a child.

 

By starting early in a child’s facial development, we can use Myobrace technology and other orthopedic stimulation to maximize the full genetic potential of facial growth. Dr. Buck believes it is possible a high percentage of children he is treating with these techniques will not need braces at all in their early teen years. 

 

By eliminating snoring and mouth breathing by developing the child’s airway, the Myobrace technology assures for restful sleep and all the developmental benefits that affords a growing child.  The full forward developed jaws also create competent airways and proper body posture which are key factors in avoiding sleep apnea as an adult.  Additionally, the a fully formed jaw creates aesthetically pleasing, fully developed facial features.

 

At Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics, we’ve successfully treated many adult and teenage patients using these techniques.  With Myobrace, we can now bring this leading-edge dental science to children as young as four years-old, increasing the benefit the science can have on their lives.   For more information on how Myobrace can benefit your child, please contact us here.

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DR. BUCK'S PHILOSOPHY

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.

Please visit this site for more information; Airway Health

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!​
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