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Sleep Disordered Breathing Treatment for Children in Vero Beach, FL

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Dental Partners of Vero Beach provides sleep disordered breathing treatment for children in Vero Beach, FL. Call 772-569-4118 to learn more and schedule an appointment.

“An estimated nine out of ten children suffer from 
one or more symptoms related to Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB).”


Sleep Disordered Breathing, Sleep Apnea & Airway Dysfunction

Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) in children encompasses a wide range of sleep-related conditions, such as increased resistance to airflow through the upper airway, snoring, or apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is an advanced stage of the disease. Our objective in treating children is to identify the reasons for their sleep and breathing problems and implement solutions before they are diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. We aim to be proactive as soon as a child exhibits signs of Sleep Disordered Breathing. In children, SDB can range from mild issues like mouth breathing to severe conditions like apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a dangerous condition in which a child's breathing can be obstructed during sleep. This can cause the body's oxygen levels to drop, potentially resulting in serious complications such as behavioral, heart, and lung problems. In some rare instances, it can even be life-threatening. Knowing the risks and seeking appropriate medical attention if needed is essential.

Research shows that sleep-disordered breathing can contribute to a wide range of children’s health issues, from frequent headaches to aggression.  At Dental Partners of Vero Beach, we address the causes of disorders instead of only treating the symptoms by alleviating problems such as snoring, grinding, and mouth breathing. Our sleep and airway specialists screen for and provide treatment options for sleep-disordered breathing, nasal and airway obstruction, snoring, sleep apnea, and more.

Why is sleep so important for your child’s development?

Sleep is crucial for children's proper brain development and growth. During sleep, children undergo essential restorative processes that impact their mental health, physical well-being, mood, and behavior. When sleep is disrupted or insufficient, it can endanger their health and development. Behavioral and learning difficulties are often misdiagnosed as ADHD or hyperactivity when, in fact, the root cause may be an oral dysfunction affecting airway function and causing sleep-disordered breathing. This can elevate the stress hormone cortisol, making it difficult for children to sleep through the night and unwind at the end of the day.

Sleep-disordered breathing, sleep apnea, and airway health affect nearly every part of the body and its systems, leading to various signs and symptoms. If your child experiences any of these symptoms, it is vital to have them seen by a healthcare professional immediately.

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Sleep Disordered Breathing, Sleep Apnea, and Airway Health affect practically every part of the body and systems, which is why the signs and symptoms are so varied. If your child suffers from any of these symptoms have them seen immediately.

Symptoms in Infants (Birth to 1 Year*)

*Age of infants as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO)

Breathing through the mouth only
Cyanosis (blue or gray skin or fingernails)
Choking or gurgling sounds
Daytime sleepiness
Difficult to wake in the morning
Failure to thrive
Have patterns of repeated pauses in breathing that last less than or longer than 20 seconds
Have related problems, such as low oxygen or a slow heartbeat
Have needed resuscitation or other urgent care
Teeth grinding

Symptoms in Children Older Than 1 Year

Behavioral and Attention Problems
Irritability from lack of quality sleep
Aggressive behavior
Difficulty focusing
Hyperactive behavior when awake
Daytime sleepiness
Frequent headaches
Chronic Allergies
Swollen adenoids/tonsils
Breathing through the mouth only
Dark circles under the eyes
Difficult to wake in the morning
Loud breathing during sleep
Restless sleep (moves around a lot)
Teeth Grinding
Breathing that stops for a few seconds at a time during sleep
Gasping noises during sleep
Unusual sleeping positions
Wetting the bed

How We Determine if a Child has Sleep Disordered Breathing and Airway Dysfunction

At Dental Partners of Vero Beach, our trained sleep specialists comprehensively examine, screen, and evaluate all our patients to identify and treat SDB to Maximize Your Child’s Potential.
Sleep Questionnaire

Sleep Risk Assessment Questionnaire.  PBefore a child’s first visit or orthodontic consultation, all parents are asked to complete a Sleep Risk Assessment Questionnaire for their children so our team can understand your child’s sleep patterns and personal history.

Review Our Child Risk Sleep Assessment Questionnaire

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VATECH Green2 CBCT Technology. As part of our comprehensive office visit, we offer all patients a complimentary in-office CBCT Scan. This scan includes a 3D image of the head, neck, jaw, teeth, sinuses, nasal passage, airway, and temporomandibular joints (TMJ). Our team of professionals analyzes all data from the scan, takes measurements, and determines the patient’s oral health status and how it may be related to overall dental sleep and airway health issues. If the child is overwhelmed and hesitant to participate in the scan, we will try to evaluate utilizing other techniques.

Learn More about Our VATECH Green2 CBCT technology

Child During Exam

Dental Examination. The most effective way to assess a child for early orthodontic treatment is through a comprehensive hands-on examination. We use many physical characteristics, internal and external, and facial and jaw measurements to diagnose and treat our patients.

Airway Technology

Nasal and Oral Airway Analysis Based on the child's age and the severity of sleep and airway issues, one of our specialists may recommend a nasal and airway analysis scan. This 10-15-second screening is performed in our office and analyzes the patient's airflow. Results are available immediately after the scan. This screening determines the health and/or dysfunction level of the child’s airflow and breathing.

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Multi-Specialty Healthcare Evaluations. It is not uncommon for children to have health concerns that may contribute to their sleep and airway health. We collaborate with our patients' healthcare providers and/or refer to healthcare associates who can assist with a diagnosis and/or treatment plan. Pediatricians, ENTs, and/or Allergists may contribute to the overall success of sleep and airway issues, health management, and resolutions.

Treatments for Sleep Disordered Breathing

At Dental Partners of Vero Beach, we can evaluate your child and assess whether a breathing or sleep issue impacts their behavior and health by restricting their airway and oxygen. Sleep Disorder Breathing can be remedied by optimizing airflow and shifting children from mouth to nose breathing. Breathing correctly means your child will feel better physically and emotionally. We want you and your child to breathe easier. We have many treatment options available.

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HealthyStart™ Appliance System

Comparison Photo of Healthystart Results
We are pleased to offer the HealthyStart™ appliance system to our patients at Dental Partners of Vero Beach. Typically only worn at night, this non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical, innovative orthodontic system uses oral appliance therapy to influence the jaw as it develops and alleviate Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). When HealthStart™ is started at a young age, it can eliminate the need for braces during adolescence, with low risk of orthodontic relapse. 

Myobrace® Removable Dental Trainer

Myofunctional appliance photo
According to recent research, a child's facial and dental growth can be significantly impacted by interventional treatments that ensure proper nasal breathing, tongue position, and closed lips. At Dental Partners of Vero Beach, we offer Myobrace® dental trainers to treat the underlying causes of crooked teeth and poor jaw development by unlocking your child's natural growth and development.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Disordered Breathing

Is Sleep Disordered Breathing the same as sleep apnea?
Sleep Disordered Breathing is an umbrella term for obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and sleep-related hypoventilation. SDB may be a precursor for future sleep apnea.
Should I be worried if my child snores?
It’s not uncommon for children to snore occasionally. Still, if they snore regularly and display any of the symptoms listed at the top of this page, it’s a good idea to have them evaluated for Sleep Disordered Breathing.
Can sleep apnea cause behavior problems in kids?

Yes, scientific research has shown that children who snore or have sleep apnea are more likely to have behavior problems.

If you think your child has sleep and or breathing concerns please contact us at 772-569-4118 for a consultation, screenings and an assessment.

Looking for a practice in the Floridas Treasure Coast area? Contact us at 772-569-4118 to schedule an appointment today!

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Dental Partners of Vero Beach
3790 7th Terrace, Suite 201
Vero Beach, FL 32960
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