At totalcare, we pride ourselves on our ability to calm and reassure all our younger patients, especially children that may be nervous about their dental visit. Appointments are tailored to the age and confidence of the child.
It is so important that children have a good start to their dental experience and within a very short time we are able to assess potential issues both habitual and developmentally that may hinder the most optimal chance for growth and development.
We welcome parents to ask as many questions as possible to help ease any concerns that they might have from sucking their thumb, dietary advice to good oral hygiene practice. We are right beside you when it comes to improving your child’s dental health and educating both them and you toward a lifetime of good daily routines.
Sometimes the pits and fissures in the back teeth are so deep that it’s impossible for the bristles of a toothbrush to keep the surface clean. This can make it a breeding ground for bacteria which can result in decay. Your dentist will apply a dental sealant, commonly known as a fissure seal, to fill the pits and fissures and act as a barrier to plaque, bacteria and food debris.
This is a common treatment for children to prevent early decay and protect the teeth for the later years.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) or sleep-disordered breathing in kids
OSA is when an obstruction in the airway creates an insufficient flow of oxygen to the brain during sleep. The brain responds to this lack of oxygen by moving into a lighter level of sleep so the body can inhale more air, meaning OSA patients suffer from a lack of quality sleep.
OSA in children can have significant impacts on developing bodies and brains. Some of these impacts include ADHD, moodiness, delays in growth and development and bedwetting.
In children, enlarged tonsils and adenoids are the most common causes of obstruction but other orthodontic factors can also play a role. The dentist plays a big role in checking for OSA in children and at totalcare we check all children for enlarged tonsils and other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea to ensure the appropriate action is taken.
Sleep apnea treatments for children
Oral appliances for the correction of sleep apnea may be a treatment option prescribed. These appliances create more space in your airway by preventing the soft tissue at the back of your child’s mouth from collapsing while they sleep.
This form of treatment works in cases where an orthodontic problem, such as a misshapen jaw, is causing the problem but in the case where tonsils or adenoids are creating the blockage, we will refer your child to a surgeon to have the problem alleviated.
Why treat my child’s sleep apnea?
Sleep is perhaps the most important thing in a developing child’s life. Sleep promotes growth and development and without quality rest, your child won’t get the chance to develop to their full potential both physically and academically.
Lack of quality sleep can cause problems in all aspects of life, from school to making friends and even in the playground as they may fall behind other children and be unable to join in with their activities.
An inability to focus as the day goes on due to tiredness has a very significant impact on learning ability, which if not picked up early can lead to future learning difficulties with time.
You will enjoy a far more responsive, well-mannered child if they’re getting the right amount of sleep. A tired child isn’t fun for anyone, so give them the chance to enjoy a good night’s sleep.