TMJ & Sleep Center Tackles Sleep Disordered Breathing Issues in Children


By Mary Chris Murray

In an effort to help children reach their full potential of growth and well-being, TMJ & Sleep Center, Emerald Coast (EC) is addressing the increased need for the provision of comprehensive, quality solutions for sleep disordered breathing issues that manifest overtime and are often overlooked.

Clinical research has established a connection between certain common childhood health and behavioral symptoms and their root cause—sleep disordered breathing. Early detection and treatment are critical, as 9 out of 10 kids suffer from one of more symptoms including: mouth breathing, snoring, bed wetting, delayed growth, nightmares, ADD/ADHD, restless sleep, difficulty in school, overbite/overjet, and crowded teeth just to name a few. If left untreated, there may be a significant impact on the child’s full growth and development potential.

The central issue for many children suffering from the effects of sleep related breathing disorders 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 and may resort to mouth breathing which compounds the issue by creating inflammation. Further, crowded teeth can force the tongue backwards into the throat, further restricting the airway.

As sleep disorders are becoming increasingly recognized as a growing concern for both adults and children across the country, physicians with combined training in advanced dentistry, orthodontics, dental sleep medicine, and TMJ / TMD are ideally suited to diagnose and treat the core cause of sleep breathing disorders, TMJ and craniofacial pain.

Breathing, sleeping, and thriving—it’s all connected. The TMJ & Sleep Center, EC physicians are dedicated to improving the lives of all patients through the use of innovative technologies, technical skill, education, and a compassionate environment.

Conventional treatment options such as prescription drugs, surgery, academic tutors, and braces have been limiting and ineffective, mainly because they do not address the core issue. None of them can actually promote or develop a child’s airway and help them get the oxygen and sleep they need to be healthy.

Through the use of proprietary, FDA-cleared and non-invasive systems, TMJ & Sleep Center, EC is able to treat the underlying root cause, which consequently resolves the symptoms related to sleep-disordered breathing.

This is a key and unique differentiator. Many patients have chronic health issues that are often seemingly unrelated. However, in most cases, the symptoms are usually linked to the same underlying cause. When patients are symptom free, it is unlikely they will experience any relapse as long as they follow the prescribed protocol.

TMJ & Sleep Center, EC also treats adults for obstructive sleep apnea, TMJ / Head and facial pain. The health consequences for adults can be just as serious as for children if not property diagnosed and addressed. The TMJ & Sleep Center, EC can also offer treatment options that are non-surgical, non-invasive, and an alternative to standard machines like the CPAP that can improve a patient’s quality of life and health.

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