The HealthyStart™ System of Removable Oral Devices is another advanced treatment option for pediatric sleep apnea available at our practice. HealthyStart™ is a treatment program that utilizes three different types of removable oral appliances in three separate stages. This process can be ideal for children who have signs of disordered breathing and who could benefit from early orthodontic/orthopedic treatment. The HealthyStart™system’s oral appliances are made of a soft, clear plastic material and are custom-designed to provide a comfortable fit and gradual correction of your child’s orthodontic concerns. This treatment can be used to improve lower jaw development, expand the dental arches to ensure incoming teeth have room to grow, improve breathing by enlarging the airway, and help create better alignment for the first set of four permanent teeth once they come in. HeathyStart™ appliances can be worn throughout the night. Once treatment goals have been achieved with the first appliance, the next appliance will be worn. The treatment is complete once ideal results have been attained with the third and final HealthyStart™ appliance.
There are numerous treatments for sleep apnea, and the option that is right for your child will depend on his or her unique needs. Dr. Fulbright will perform a comprehensive examination and talk with you about all aspects of sleep apnea treatment before determining the best course of action for your child.
We can help your child achieve a better night’s sleep and reduce many of the physical and emotional effects that sleep apnea can cause. If you would like more information, or if you would like to schedule an appointment here at Fulbright Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry, please contact us today.