HealthyStart - Treating Sleep Disordered Breathing in Children, las vegas

What is Healthy Start?

Do you worry that your child is not getting the rest that they deserve? Try out HealthyStart, a progressive process that can completely transform their sleep habits. HealthyStart is a technique in which a sleep appliance aligns your child’s erupting teeth and jaw to fix a compromised airway. This method treats symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). 

Some symptoms include an underdeveloped jaw, mouth breathing, snoring, sleep apnea, nightmares, and behavioral problems. With HealthyStart, your child will wake up feeling rested and happy to play, learn, and just be a kid. 

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Did you know…

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That 9 in 10 children show symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing.

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How it Works: The HealthyStart System

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During your consultation, we will discuss the problems your child is having and determine if a sleep-related disorder is the cause. Then we will examine their teeth to see if they have a compromised airway. 

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We will then create a personalized treatment plan to get your child sleeping properly at night. Your child will be fitted for a HealthyStart aid that is comfortably suited to their smile. Because our aids are pre-made , they will be able to go home and begin treatment the same day!

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Closely Monitor Improvement

Throughout the process of your child wearing their HealthyStart aid, we will closely monitor improvements to their budding teeth and discuss if their sleep is improving. Over time, the HealthyStart aid will expand their airway, giving them peaceful sleep and you peace of mind.

Benefits of HealthyStart

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Addresses the Root Cause

When children are suffering from SDB, doctors often treat the symptoms, not the root of the problem. Since treatment begins early, your child will get the help they need before more invasive treatments are necessary.

Treats Alignment Issues

HealthyStart properly aligns the jaw, expands your child’s dental arches, and promotes healthy airflow and free tongue movement. Alignment issues in the mouth can cause mouth-breathing, sleep apnea, and even trouble speaking.

Because HealthyStart promotes proper alignment, these issues will diminish, giving your child the ability to breathe clearly through their nose and speak without restraint.

Improves Overall Well-Being

Getting restful sleep is vital for your child’s well-being. Without this, many behavioral and emotional problems can arise. Throughout the process, your child will be able to breathe easier at night without interruptions, improving their cognitive development. They will wake up feeling well-rested and ready to take on their day with a smile. 

Treats Compromised Airways

With consistent wear of the sleep oral appliance, your child’s jaw and teeth will gradually shift into a healthy alignment. This will open up their airway, eliminating sleep problems such as snoring and waking up repeatedly in the night.

Effective and Minimally Invasive

Because treatment starts early, the HealthyStart process only takes 2 to 12 months to correct your child’s compromised airway. Compared to other methods later in life, this treatment is non-invasive and effective. Your child will only have to wear the it at night and can go about their day appliance-free.

Retrains the Tongue

HealthyStart expands dental archs which limits teeth crowding. Because of this process, the tongue has more freedom in the mouth. This retrains the tongue so that your child is able to speak more clearly and with ease.

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What should I do if my child knocks out a tooth?

Knocked-out baby teeth are not usually replaced, even if they’re lost prematurely. If it’s a baby tooth, your child will need to come into our office to have their mouth examined and cleaned to prevent infection, and to get a “space maintainer.” This prosthetic will maintain the proper gap between their teeth, preventing the adjacent teeth from shifting toward the now-empty socket.

For an adult tooth, though, you need to get help immediately. Recover the tooth, rinse it, and put it in a container of cold milk to keep it moist. Then, come to our office immediately. Don't spend too much time treating pain or bleeding. Your child’s tooth must be re-attached within 1-2 hours for it to be saved, so time is of the essence. We can treat your child’s pain when they get to our office.

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What should I do if my child’s dental work falls out?

Collect the filling, crown, or other piece of dental work and place it in a plastic baggie. Then, call us for a same-day appointment, and make sure to bring your child’s dental work in with you. It may be possible to reattach a crown instead of completely replacing it.

What should I do about a severe toothache?

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A severe toothache could indicate that your child has a deep cavity or an infected tooth. You should schedule a consultation at our office right away, as these are both serious dental emergencies that will only get worse without proper treatment. 

What should I do if my child has chipped, broken or cracked a tooth?

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First, treat their discomfort and bleeding. Then, contact us for a same-day appointment. Even minor tooth damage can cause hairline fractures and these fractures could lead to infections and other complications. After consulting with your child’s dentist, they can determine the best treatment for restoring the damaged tooth, and ensure your child’s smile remains healthy and strong.

What should I do if my child has a loose tooth?

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If a baby tooth has come loose and it’s not due to an oral injury, you don’t have to do anything. Baby teeth are meant to fall out eventually, so this is natural.

However, if one of their teeth becomes loose and is bleeding after an oral injury, it may not be ready to fall out yet. The best thing to do is to get a consultation with your child’s dentist to have their mouth examined, and determine whether the tooth can be saved or if it should be replaced with a space maintainer.

Can I Take My Child To The ER For Tooth Pain?

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While you can take your child to the ER for tooth pain, this is not usually a good idea. There are a few reasons for this. First, most ERs are not meant to treat dental issues. The emergency room is set up to treat life-threatening health issues, and most ERs will not even have a dentist on staff.

Even if you can see a dentist at the ER, though, you’ll end up paying a lot more to get treatment compared to seeing an emergency dentist. Even a simple ER visit can cost thousands of dollars.
Most dental emergencies are not life-threatening, and that includes tooth pain. In general, we only recommend that you go to the ER if your child has another serious complication. For example, if they were in a serious accident and you think their jaw is broken, or they are having trouble breathing or swallowing, you need to call 911 and go to the ER right away. 

Use your best judgment. You shouldn’t hesitate to go to the ER if you think it’s necessary, but in most cases, tooth pain can be treated by an emergency dentist like Dr. Thompson at Desert Kids Dental. If you’re not sure what to do, you can always contact our dental team at (702) 660-7099 to discuss your child’s situation.

What is considered To Be A dental Emergency?

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If your child is experiencing serious pain and discomfort or their mouth is bleeding and you don’t know what to do, they’re having a dental emergency. This category is broader than you may think.

Of course, dental emergencies include dental trauma caused by accidents, slips and falls, hits in contact sports, and other such injuries. This can include cracked, chipped, or broken teeth, or even loose or knocked-out teeth. Large cuts and lacerations to the tongue, cheeks, gums, and other oral tissues are also dental emergencies. All of these conditions are very serious, and demand immediate treatment at Desert Kids Dental

There are lots of other things that qualify for emergency treatment, though. This includes tooth pain, which may indicate a severe cavity or an infected tooth, as well as bleeding when brushing, pieces of food or other objects stuck between the teeth, and failed or damaged dental work, such as a pulled-out filling or dental crown. 

It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so if you’re not sure if your child’s condition qualifies for same-day care, the best thing to do is to call Desert Kids Dental at (702) 660-7099. We can ensure your little one gets the care they need in Las Vegas.

Painless Emergency Treatment With Dental Sedation

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Dental emergencies, particularly those caused by dental trauma, can be really painful and scary for kids. That’s why we offer dental sedation for emergency patients, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, and even general anesthesia. 

With sedation dentistry from Dr. Sandra Thompson, your child can relax, rest, and get the treatment they need to eliminate their oral pain, restore their tooth, and prevent further complications and oral health issues.

Did you know…

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Losing a baby tooth too early can be a dental emergency.  

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