Dr. Mel McManus and his team, use an all-natural, non-pharmaceutical and non-surgical treatment option for Sleep Disordered Breathing in Winnipeg.
When a child’s airway is narrow, underdeveloped or constricted in any way, there is a disruption in the oxygen/CO2 balance in the child’s bloodstream during sleep. The Healthy Start System can help open the airway, allowing your child to get a deeper and more restful sleep.
The Healthy Start System has been specifically designed to promote the proper growth and development of the jaw and airway to optimize airflow and promote proper nasal breathing while straightening your child’s teeth.
As these areas develop many of the symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing disappear.
When children are treated early, the Healthy Start System can address the root cause of SDB, correcting bad oral habits and naturally promoting growth and development of the jaw and airway.
Through a series of oral appliances worn for only a few hours a day or at night, we can gently widen the dental arches, allowing the jaws to develop correctly.
The end result is a more developed airway and a sound, deep sleep for your child.
At the outset of the program, parents/guardians are invited to attend an hour and a half long, free of charge group consultation, during which we will explain the benefits of Healthy Start appliances for your child. These consultations are held on occasional Saturdays at our Winnipeg dental clinic with Dr. Ellen Wong, and include a question and answer period.Thereafter, the program is divided into the following two phases:
The first phase of the program consists of panoramic x-rays (displays upper/lower jaw, all teeth present, and sinuses), cephalometric x-ray (displays the side view of the patient’s profile, enabling to us view airway), orthodontic study models (impressions), and photos of your child’s profile/dentition.
Also included in this phase is the delivery of the habit correcting appliance, as well as instructions for its use, and an expected timeline for the the duration of this phase of treatment. In some cases, an additional appliance may be necessary during this phase.
During the second phase of the program, you and your child will meet with Dr. Wong for a followup appointment, during which she will talk to you about whether your child would benefit from transitioning into the next appliance. If she recommends a secondary appliance and you agree, it will be delivered during this phase, along with instructions for its use.