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What is A Good Night’s Sleep Anyway?

It's fairly common to tell our children to "get a good night's sleep" or "sleep tight," but what exactly constitutes good sleep? Is your child getting the quality night's sleep they need? How do you know if they're sleeping well? Without the proper medical instruments to record what is going on while they sleep, it can be hard to tell.

Sleep is when the body performs the maintenance that keeps it running efficiently. Processing information, strengthening the immune system, and doing physical restoration are just a few of the things that are going on while we sleep. So it should come as no surprise that getting a good night's rest is especially important for children. It promotes good health, cognitive development, and growth.

The Signs

Okay so we know why sleep is important and what is going on while we're doing it, but without sleep study equipment how do we know when something is wrong? There are some signs that might indicate your child isn't sleeping well. You should consider the quality of your child's sleep if they are:

  • Having trouble concentrating
  • Experiencing headaches
  • Performing poor academically
  • Struggling with metabolic disorders leading to weight gain
  • Wetting the bed
  • Showing signs of slow growth patterns

How an Appointment With Dr. Buck Can Help

The problem with poor sleeping habits as a child is that they could be an indication of sleep apnea or that it may develop over time. Ensuring proper development of the jaw is one way we can combat this.

  1. First, diagnosing that there is a sleeping issue requires a sleep study. While they can be very expensive, Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics offers their exam and screening study for a significantly discounted price because price should never keep a child from experiencing life as their healthiest self.
  2. From there, if it is determined that further jaw development may be a potential solution, a growth guidance appliance may be prescribed. This device appears to be little more that your average retainer but in fact it stimulates the entire lower jaw to change its shape, size, and position.

Contact Us

Your child's health is of great importance to us here at Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics. We want to ensure their development is on track and that they're getting the quality of sleep needed to grow up to be their best selves. If you would like to learn more or are considering a sleep study for your child, call and make an appointment today at (425) 409-2086 or visit our contact page. 

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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.

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!​