sleep apnea

Airway Orthodontics

March 3rd, 2015

“My child, Cody has always slept with his mouth open and snored. I remember sitting in his room watching him struggle to get a good night sleep because he couldn’t breathe properly. He started his treatment with Dr. Sebastian in October of 2013. Within months, I saw a change! Even during the day, I would notice he was keeping his mouth closed to breathe and by the time his treatment was finished, he had completely stopped snoring!! It has been amazing to see such a simple appliance make such a huge difference in the life of my child!! Thank you Dr. Sebastian for your dedication to each child you treat.”

As you can see from this testimonial, the importance of early treatment is imperative. Utilizing this technology, we are convinced that orthodontics must be more than just about a healthy bite.  We continue to use our sleep questionnaire and visual examination of the soft tissue skeletal appearance, ability to breathe through nose and tonsil size. We have also begun a tracking system that will allow us to better follow the progress of our Phase I patients who are experiencing any airway problems.

80% of symptomatic airway children go un-diagnosed, so the problem is not going to just “go away” on its own. Dentists and orthodontist should be at the forefront of this effort because we are the ones seeing these children on a regular basis and it fits into areas in which we are intimately involved. Our goal is to help the next generation “breathe a little easier”.

As always, we appreciate your continued support and trust in our office. If I can answer any questions you may have, please do not hesitate to contact our office.