We snore when the flow of air through the nose or mouth is obstructed during sleep. This airflow obstruction is typically caused by relaxation and poor muscle tone around the throat and jaws.
However, there are many additional underlying causes of snoring – mouth breathing, poor diet, obesity and poor forward development of the jaws. Tooth extractions with braces can also worsen breathing problems.
CHILDREN SHOULD ALWAYS SLEEP WITH CLOSED LIPS AND WITHOUT MAKING ANY NOISES
How do we test for sleep disorder?
Sleep Disorder is tested by performing a sleep study, either in the comfort of your home or in a sleep lab, where a medical recording device is used to record the involuntary body functions that occur during sleep.
At The Kids Dentist, we use a small device, the Medibyte Junior, that records all of the above in the comfort of your home. Please contact us to discuss this with you during a free initial consultation.
Our sleep study:
- Airflow and respiratory effect
- Blood oxygen
- Body position
- Pauses in breathing/irregular rhythm
Treating Sleep Disorder with Myosa
Rather than just focus on alleviating the symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB), the philosophy behind the Myosa® myofunctional sleep appliance range is aimed at treating the upper airway and neuromuscular dysfunction that are the fundamental causes of SDB. The Myosa® range functions by posturing the lower jaw slightly forward, correcting tongue position and opening the bite, which opens the airway, regulates breathing and helps the wearer to have a good night sleep.
The Myosa® range includes sleep appliances suitable for a wide spectrum of people and includes appliances to suit patients from as young as two-years-old through to adults as well as specialty appliances for jaw joint (TMJ) disorder and teeth grinding associated with SDB.
In addition to having a negative impact on mood, energy levels, ability to regulate stress, behavioral problems and emotional well being, severe sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, have been associated with the causes of life shortening events such as heart disease or stroke.
There are many underlying causes of Sleep Disordered Breathing. The most common of these are chronic mouth breathing, poor diet and nutrition, obesity and poor development of the jaws. Additionally, orthodontics with extractions can exacerbate breathing issues.