Snoring in children is probably something many parents ignore, but it is something that deserves attention. Dr. Ronald Shelley explains that childhood snoring is a real concern. He discusses the problem in this report.
Dr. Shelley points out that snoring is a sign of sleep disordered breathing. It is found along with mouth breathing and underdeveloped jaws. A child who snores may well develop sleep apnea. And sleep apnea in children is often associated with attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), swollen adenoids and tonsils, bedwetting, restless sleep, and nightmares. Children who snore often have trouble in school and may have dark circles under their eyes. They may have daytime drowsiness, crowded or crooked teeth, chronic allergies and teeth grinding. Childhood snoring should not be ignored by parents.
However, the problem can be solved. Dr. Shelley says that the best solution is to guide the growth and development of a child’s jaws. The guidance focuses on “downward, forward, and wide.” This approach allows nasal breathing in a child and a larger airway. And that solves the problem of sleep apnea and snoring.
Dr. Shelley’s practice uses Perfect Start dental appliances to obtain this result in children. The appliances are designed to fit over the teeth and guide the teeth and jaws into their optimal positions. Once the sleep disordered breathing is gone, the other problems go away.
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.