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Reflections Dental Spa

Healthy Start

What is Healthy Start?

Healthy Start is a revolutionary system that is worn by your child at night to help straighten their teeth while improving nighttime breathing. Sleep disordered breathing, known as SDB, is a lot more common than many parents think. Most often, this sleep-related breathing disorder is caused by severe malocclusions, bite problems and other oral issues.

Healthy Start is an appliance that your child wears at night to help open their airway, making breathing easier. The appliance simultaneously works to correct many orthodontic problems early on so that invasive treatment is not necessary as they get older.

Why is Healthy Start needed?

Your child may have sleep disordered breathing without you even realizing it. By understanding what to look for and the symptoms your child may exhibit, you can be aware of a problem that needs to be handled. Some of the most common signs of SDB in children include:

• Mouth breathing (both during the day and at night)
• Lethargy, low energy and exhaustion
• Mood swings
• Talking in sleep
• Snoring
• Anxiety problems
• Excessive sweating throughout the night
• ADHD
• Excessive daytime napping
• Issues with speaking/speech

Who is a candidate for Healthy Start?

Most younger children between the ages of 5 and 13 are good candidates for Healthy Start. Because SDB has been found in children as young as two, it is a good idea to bring them in for a thorough consultation and examination. We can help to identify a problem with their nighttime breathing in relation to what both you and your child tells us. Healthy Start is helpful at correcting a variety of orthodontic problems early on, which prevents the need for years of orthodontic treatment later on.

Who is a candidate for Healthy Start?

The process to provide your child with Healthy Start is easy and quick. They come into the office and have an impression taken of their teeth, gums and mouth. We use this impression to make a custom-fitted oral appliance. They will wear this safe, BPA-free appliance while they sleep at night. Because the appliance is custom-fitted for them, it is comfortable to wear and does not pose a choking hazard. Your child will wear their Healthy Start throughout the night in order for it to work effectively. Many parents notice a significant improvement in their children's moods during the day with the help of Healthy Start.

If you're interested in learning more about Healthy Start and how it works, call us today to schedule an appointment with our office.

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