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Sleep Disordered Breathing in Children, Dentist Dr. Ronald Shelley, Glendale, Arizona

Sleep disordered breathing is a problem that can have serious health consequences for anyone, including children. Dr. Ronald Shelley discusses the problem in this report.

Dr. Shelley says that there are 30 million children in America who suffer from one or more of these health disorders: attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), swollen adenoids and tonsils, bedwetting, snoring, trouble in school, dark circles under the eyes, crowded or crooked teeth, restless sleep, chronic allergies, daytime drowsiness, mouth breathing, and nightmares or night terrors.

Sleep disordered breathing can be the cause of all of these conditions. “And the Perfect Start system is the solution.” Sleep disordered breathing occurs, Dr. Shelley explains, when a child’s upper and lower jaws fail to grow and develop into their proper potential. This leaves the nasal cavity constricted, the arches of the jaw narrow, and the teeth crooked. This limits the size of a child’s airway. So if the nose is blocked, the child must breathe through the mouth. And often, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) develops. If a child is treated by a dentist who can address the jaw problems, the other problems can be eliminated.

As to treatment, Dr. Shelley believes that the Perfect Start system “is a comfortable and easy to use oral appliance system.” It helps to develop big, beautiful smiles in children. At the same time, it eliminates the need for braces. The treatment can start when a child is only three or four years old.

Dr. Ronald Shelley practices with Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry, Glendale, Arizona. Dr. Shelley received his DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine), with honors, in 1979. In 1994, he relocated to Glendale, Arizona and opened the present office March 1998 and presently shares his time at Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry with teaching the next generation of dentists at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine as adjunct faculty. In 2014 two honors came his way; he became a diplomat of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and was awarded the Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition from the Academy of General Dentistry. The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.

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