Sleep Disordered Breathing

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What is Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB)?

SDB can range from frequent snoring to Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a condition involving repeated episodes of partial or complete blockage of the airway during sleep. Over the last 20 years, clinical research has found a correlation between common childhood health issues and a single likely root cause – Sleep Disordered Breathing

Does your child exhibit any symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing?

  • Snoring
  • Hyperactivity
  • Bed Wetting
  • Chronic Allergies
  • Difficulty in School
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Restless Sleep
  • Stunted Growth
  • Nightmares
  • Crowded/Crooked Teeth
  • Swollen Adenoids/Tonsils
  • Aggressive Behaviour

Treating SDB -  The Healthy Start System

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. This is expressed in different ways during a child’s emotional and physical development. Dr. Mel McManus and his team, use an all-natural, non-pharmaceutical and non-surgical treatment option delivered exclusively by the pediatric dentists at Toddlers to Teens Dental.

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.

Understanding the Importance of your Child’s Airway

The central issue for many children suffering from the effects of SDB is a compromised airway. Before now, treatment options such as prescription drugs or surgery have been the most commonly prescribed solutions. The Healthy Start System can help open the airway, allowing your child to get a deeper and more restful sleep. 

A Personal Story: Dr. Mel McManus

  • As far back as I could remember, my twin boys always snored. I started learning more and more about snoring and effects it had on children both physically and emotionally. After a while, I saw that those symptoms presented themselves in different ways in my kids. As a father and pediatric dentist, I began looking for answers. At a dental conference, I learned about the Healthy Start System. I enrolled in the course the same day. After beginning treatment, I noticed dramatic improvements in their sleep and well-being. Today, they sleep soundly and are healthier, happier boys. And best of all, no more snoring!
    Dr. McManus