Better Breathing, Happier Life

Breathing easily and fully is one of the basic pleasures of being alive. Yet, today many children, adolescents, and adults suffer from Sleep Breathing Disorder (SBD), including Pediatric Sleep Apnea (PSA) and Adult Sleep Apnea (ASA).

At Van Vliet Orthodontics, we diagnose, educate, and treat these patients.

Early Airway Orthodontics

Many children suffer from Sleep Breathing Disorder (SBD), including Pediatric Sleep Apnea (PSA). If these problems are left untreated, they can significantly affect the growth, development and overall health of a growing child.


5 Questions to Ask

  • Does your child perform at their true potential, or are they struggling to thrive?
  • Does your child snore while sleeping?
  • Does your child experience nasal congestion and mouth breathing? Children that breath through their mouth are susceptible to rooked teeth, facial deformity and numerous illnesses.
  • Is your child hyperactive or having trouble sitting still or difficulty learning? Poor sleeping habits and breathing issues can contribute to ADHD.
  • Have you or your dentist noticed teeth crowding or a narrow arch? Crowded teeth and jaws can affect the physical, mental, and emotional development of your child.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, your child could benefit from airways treatment.

The American Association of Orthodontics and Dr. Van Vliet recommends that your child has an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. This evaluation is especially important if your child struggles with any airway problems.

Helping Your Child Breathe

Recent medical studies show a high correlation of sleep breathing disorders to abnormal dentofacial development in children and adolescents.

If these conditions aren’t treated, they can contribute to childhood obesity, juvenile diabetes, behavior disorders (ADD, ADHD), growth problems, and even cardiovascular disease.

At Van Vliet Orthodontics, we’ve created an Early Airway Orthodontic Program to evaluate and, if necessary, treat airway problems.

We use an early comprehensive examination, sleep questionnaire, and medical history, as well as a low dose 3D I-CAT scan to diagnose sleep problems related to airway abnormalities.

We may refer you to an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist or a pediatric sleep medicine pulmonologist for further coordinated diagnosis and treatment.

Below is an example of a patient treated at Van Vliet Early Airway Orthodontic Treatment Center.

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Although you’ll see immediate results right away, the long-term benefits are truly life-changing.

Adult Sleep Apnea Treatment

More than 18 million adults in the United States have Sleep Apnea. 85% percent of them suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Untreated OSA can create serious medical risks, including stroke, heart attack, obesity, and diabetes.

For many patients, an orthodontic intervention in Highland or Ramsey Park can improve and sometimes eliminate these risks.

Below are pictures of an OSA patient that benefitted from orthodontic treatment's life-changing effects at Van Vliet Orthodontics.

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