Using the HealthyStart® System to Achieve Beautiful Smiles for Children While Addressing Sleep-Disordered Breathing
If you are looking for a way to help straighten your child’s teeth without braces while also addressing issues such as sleep-disordered breathing, we welcome you to our practice to learn about the HealthyStart® system. We offer this solution for children to ensure they have a healthy smile and get a great night’s sleep every night!
How Does the HealthyStart® System Work?
Dr. Kyle Benton of Benton Family Dentistry describes the HealthyStart® system as a way of addressing problems with the airway while straightening the teeth and expanding dental arches. This method could lessen the need for traditional braces by using an oral appliance or series of oral appliances worn at night to help facilitate natural and proper growth.
This device works alongside the natural force associated with tooth eruption. This removable, comfortable device is customized to the child’s needs, guiding their new teeth into the proper alignment right from the start. It aids in the proper growth and alignment of the lower jaw, expanding the dental arches to allow the space needed for incoming adult teeth.
What Else Can the HealthyStart® System Help With?
We find that parents with children with the following concerns may see improvement with the HealthyStart® system:
- Mouth breathing
- Academic challenges
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Underdeveloped jaw or airways
- Delayed growth
- Chronic allergies
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Aggressive behavior
Enrolling your child with the HealthyStart® system is a step in the right direction ensuring your child gets a good night’s rest while addressing misalignment of the teeth. Instead of waiting until your child is old enough for traditional braces, you can decide to start treatment early and perhaps avoid the need for braces in the future.
The concerns of sleep-disordered breathing
The research is profound that SDB leads to many childhood health concerns. The main issue most children suffering from SBD is a blocked or compromised airway. When a child’s airway is constricted, the child will struggle to get adequate oxygen at night which typically results in mouth breathing. Our goal is to help our patients correct bad habits that will allow the natural development of upper and lower jaw width and advancement to open the airway of a growing child.
Why is early treatment critical?
If childhood SDB is left untreated by the time a child is fully grown, correction is typically much more challenging and costly. In so many cases, teeth become overly crowded, followed by years of extensive, conventional orthodontics. In most of those cases, these children become adults with sleep apnea, who may need oral appliance therapy or a CPAP machine to provide the necessary oxygen for their bodies during sleep.
How Do I Find Out if My Child is a Good Candidate for the HealthyStart® System?
At Benton Family Dentistry, we are excited to offer multiple sleep/airway solutions for children and adults in our state-of-the-art office. Dr. Kyle Benton and his professional team work directly with patients to provide them with the needed services. Call (501) 991-9132 to request a HealthyStart® consultation appointment with our team in Hot Springs, Arkansas, at 2220 Malvern Avenue.
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