Every child deserves to sleep soundly through the night and wake up well-rested and ready to face the new day. Children need more sleep than adults, and that sleep must be restorative. It takes a lot of energy to grow, change, and learn in the way that children do! Deep sleep is best achieved through an open airway, nasal breathing, and a lack of snoring.
If your child isn't sleeping well, though, it could be a sign of sleep-disordered breathing and a blocked airway. If you find your child kicks their legs and flails their arm during the night, it could be their body's way of letting you know they're not getting enough oxygen. Restless leg syndrome and obstructive sleep apnea show high comorbidity since they can exacerbate each other. Restless leg syndrome has also been shown to be partially caused by a lack of iron in the diet. If your child is jerking their legs or arms or otherwise spasming during sleep, it can also partially wake them and disrupt much-needed deep restorative sleep.
At Chester Dental Care, our collaborative team of professionals can help treat the symptoms of mild to moderate sleep-disordered breathing using orthodontic devices. This doesn't require surgery or pharmaceutical intervention, yet can help your child attain deeper, more restorative sleep by opening the airway and encouraging nasal breathing. This in turn can help them wake refreshed and ready to learn, grow, work, and play. These devices only need be worn at night, and can, over time, expand the palate to provide healthy, functional breathing.
We serve the counties of Goochland, Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, New Kent, Powhatan, and Charles City, as well as the cities of Richmond, Petersburg, Colonial Heights, and Hopewell. We also partner with you and your family in order to provide a lifetime of general dental care, from pediatric general dentistry through adulthood into advanced age. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started. It's time to breathe right, sleep tight, and smile bright.