Orthodontics & Sleep Disorder Treatment in Greater Boston

dentist explains to child and parentDid you know your ARCH orthodontist in Greater Boston has a special advantage when it comes to spotting potential sleep disorder issues – especially in children? That’s because we’re specially trained and skilled to detect growth abnormalities that can lead to sleep disorders.

In a study released last month by Case Western Reserve, a group of researchers at the School of Dental medicine found that nearly 7 percent of kids ages 9 to 17 undergoing orthodontic treatment are at an increased risk for sleep-disordered breathing.

Under-Diagnosed & Under-Reported

The findings from the study show that there are most likely numerous sleep disorder cases that go undiagnosed or underreported every year because children aren’t getting the kind of care they need.

J. Martin Palermo, DDS, MSD is a professor at Case Western’s Department of Orthodontics located within the dental school. He also helped author the study that also appeared in the  American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. He says it’s important to speak with your orthodontist about concerns you may have for your child’s restless sleeping habits.

Palermo reminds parents that your ARCH orthodontist in Greater Boston can help children get a good night’s rest because they’re so close to and skilled at looking beyond your child’s smile to see issues with facial development, alignment in the jaw, and breathing issues. They can also refer you to a reputable sleep specialist.

“Sleep is a tightly regulated and well-organized biologic process affecting daily functioning and as well as physical and mental health,” he says. “Sleep, or a lack of sleep, affects adults and children different.”

Sleep Disorders & Kids

When adults don’t get enough sleep, there’s usually a lot of drowsiness, headaches, snoring, and uncontrollable yawning. But when children are sleep deprived, they tend to do the complete opposite and get hyperactive. Researchers hope this can potentially help with diagnosing ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

Children and adults alike can also have something known as sleep apnea which causes a person to “wake up” sometimes up to one hundred times a night without them even knowing to catch their breath due to an airway blockage or improper facial development.

If you’re considering orthodontics from ARCH at our state-of-the-art locations in Orleans, Hyannis, Stoughton, Hyde Park, Westwood, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, and Randolph, please make sure you talk to your orthodontist about your child’s sleep issues if you think they’re struggling. We have the tools, education, and technology to assess their situation and help find a solution that works for your schedule and your budget.

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