How HealthyStart® Helps Kids Breathe and Grow Better

SLEEP-DISORDERED BREATHING is a common problem for young children, and Shady Grove Pediatric Dentistry recommends treating it with the HealthyStart® Appliance.

Sleep-Disordered Breathing Is a Silent Epidemic Among Children

Sleep-disordered breathing doesn’t only refer to breathing difficulties during hours of sleep; it can also be the root cause of many different symptoms common among children — symptoms that are often misdiagnosed and left untreated:

  • Lower IQ
  • Chronic Allergies
  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Swollen Adenoids & Tonsils
  • Daytime Drowsiness
  • Crooked Teeth
  • Restless Sleep
  • Bedwetting
  • Nightmares
  • Dark Circles Under the Eyes
  • Snoring
  • Irritability
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Arrested Growth
  • Low Grades in Math, Science, & Spelling

These sleeping issues stem from airway disruption during sleep. As a child's breathing is restricted, their body reacts as though the child is choking, resulting in lower oxygen levels, higher heart rate, and higher blood pressure.

Improper positioning of teeth can also cause SDB symptoms, as close baby teeth can often signify that a child's dental arches are too narrow. Adult teeth are bigger and wider than baby teeth, and if there isn't enough room for the adult teeth to grow in, the teeth begin to crowd together or protrude. Dental arches that are too narrow lead to unhealthy airway development, as the lack of room hinders facial growth and compromises the airway.

HealthyStart® and Sleep-Disordered Breathing

The central issue for many children suffering from the effects of sleep-disordered breathing is a compromised airway. When a child's airway is narrow, underdeveloped, or constricted in any way, the child will struggle to receive enough oxygen at night and may resort to mouth breathing to compound the issue.

The HealthyStart® System opens the airway by bringing the upper and lower jaws forward, allowing for maximum airflow, aiding in the improvement of sleep-disordered breathing symptoms. Our system also has the ability to encourage mid-face growth and airway development.  

The width of the airway worsens over time if not treated, making it increasingly challenging for a child not only to breathe but also to live their day-to-day lives comfortably. The HealthyStart® System can open up the airway and improve airway width while encouraging nasal breathing and ensuring that children are able to live happy and healthy lives.

What Is HealthyStart®?

The HealthyStart® System is an oral appliance therapy that promotes natural growth and development of the dental arch, which addresses the root causes of SDB. Research has shown that SDB-induced oxygen deprivation is a major contributing factor to the childhood health disorders shown above.

The HealthyStart® System has been specifically designed to promote the proper growth and development of the jaw and airway to optimize airflow and promote proper nasal breathing while straightening your child’s teeth. As these areas develop, many of the symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing disappear. When kids can breathe properly, they can begin to learn, grow, and blossom into their true genetic potential, just as nature intended.

Many kids with the above health disorders are being “treated” with powerful drugs without evaluating a possible root cause. Our office can evaluate your child and indicate if there is a breathing and sleeping issue. Please take the sleep and speech questionnaire to make an initial evaluation of your child.

HealthyStart® not only addresses the root cause of sleep-disordered breathing it simultaneously straightens your child’s teeth without braces. Best of all, when treatment begins early, the perfect smiles that the HealthyStart® System creates are less likely to relapse!

HealthyStart® creates healthier, happier kids who can breathe. Rarely has there ever been a single appliance or system with the power to impact your child’s health in so many positive ways. As a parent, you owe it to your child to give them every chance to succeed. Call Shady Grove Pediatric Dentistry for more information on how to help children achieve their full potential.

Every Child Deserves a Healthy Start!

HealthyStart® Appliances are FDA Cleared, BPA, Silicone and Latex Free, ISO Certified, and a Health Canada Class II Medical-Grade Device.

Treatment with the HealthyStart® Appliance System promotes natural growth and development and is safe and effective. HealthyStart® is a non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical, pain-free, and non-invasive therapy. It is soft, comfortable, and worn at night (or as directed) to assist parents who struggle with children affected by a sleep-related breathing disorder, a restricted airway, and crowded or crooked teeth.

To find out more, visit and contact our office to set up a consultation.

In Health and Happiness,

Dr. Bana Ball

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