Every Night in America, an estimated 9 out of 10 children suffer from Sleep Disorded Breathing (SDB)

SDB occurs when the child’s airway becomes compromised and is not allowing for free passage of air. In turn, this interrupts a child’s sleep cycle, preventing them from having a full night of sleep, often leading to medical complications. SDB can affect a child of any age.   Healthy Start is appropriate treatment for children from 3-12 years old

A Comprehensive Oral Examination and a Panoramic x-ray is necessary to provide a clear understanding of your child's current conditions and if your child is a candidate for orthodontic treatment with the Healthy Start System. Insurance policies that include orthodontic treatment will generally provide coverage for Health Start.

What is Healthy Start

  • A series of uniquely designed BPA Free/FDA approved oral appliances
  • Worn a few hours a day and/or during the night while child sleeps
  • Promotes nasal breathing
  • Naturally widens the dental arches and develops the jaw 
  • Straightens teeth
  • Develops a permanently positioned dentition with no relapse


Does Your Child Suffer from any of these Health Disorders

  • Swollen Adenoids/Tonsils
  • Chronic Allergies
  • Bed Wetting
  • Overbite/Overjet
  • Crowded Teeth
  • Clenching of the Jaw
  • Teeth Grinding
  • Poor Academic Performance
  • Speech Impediment
  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Arrested Growth
  • Daytime Drowsiness
  • Dark Circles Under the Eyes
  • Restless Sleep
  • Snoring
  • Nightmares/Night Terrors
  • Night Sweats

The symptoms associated with SDB can vary from one child to the next, but even a mild case of SDB can point to serious underlying health issues and the need for treatment. Only recently have researchers and healthcare providers begun to understand the root cause of these symptoms - a constricted airway that interferes with proper sleep. SDB in children can manifest in the various symtoms listed above, which easily can be overlooked, misdiagnosed, or left untreated. Yet many children are being prescribed powerful drugs that mask these symtoms and often fail to address the root causes. Many children in treatment with Healthy Start have been able to dramatically decrease their prescription drug doses or come off their prescriptions completely, under the supervision of their physician. Others can finally sleep through the night without wetting the bed.  And parents report their children frequently have better focus in school, which has led to better grades and has improved their opportunities socially. 

The central issue for many children suffering from the effects of SDB is a constricted airway. When a child's airway is narrow, underdeveloped, or compromised in any way, the child will struggle to receive enough oxygen at night and may resort to mouthbreathing. By bringing the upper and lower jaws forward and allowing the dental arch to widen, the Healthy Start System can help open up the airway of a growing child.

Dangers of Mouth Breathing

Mouth Breathing is not the same as nasal breathing, and often leads to further compromises in the airway. Mouth Breathing is often cited as a contributing factor in a constricted airway, and in patients who require orthodontic treatment. It can also prevent the proper function of the tongue and other orofacial muscles which children need to speak, swallow, chew, and function. Mouth breathing can also cause the delicate tissues of the tonsils and adenoids to swell and become enlarged, which can further restrict the airway, and thus perpetuate the cycle of mouth breathing.


The Dental Connection

Many young children with SDB have dental arches that are underdeveloped, narrow, and positioned too far back. A normal human profile should have the lips and chin positioned well in front of the eyes with a stong jaw line. Unfortunately, in most cases such growth and development doesn't happen on it's own. Far too many of our children are simply not developing fully in their lower facial areas. EARLY TREATMENT IS CRITICAL. If allowed to persist during their formative early years, this condition prevents proper growth and development of a child's airway.
Oral Appliance Therapy

The Healthy Start Orthodontic System has been specifically designed to promote the proper growth and development of the oral cavity naturally and can only be delivered by a dentist. The Healthy Start System is comprised of oral appliances that are made from BPA-free, FDA-approved, medical-grade materials that rest comfortably in the mouth. By expanding the entire anatomy of the upper and lower jaws, the airway can expand and develop to its full potential. This allows the children the opprotunity to get the oxygen  and deep sleep their growing bodies require. The orthodontic system prevents the lower jaw from slipping backward while sleeping which stops the snoring and maintains an open airway. If treatment intervention occurs during a child's critical growing years, many of the symptoms associated with SDB greatly diminish or simply disappear. In addition, because Healthy Start has been designed to promote proper growth of the jaws, most children develop enough room for their teeth, and the need for orthodontic braces can be eliminated. The end result of Healthy Start treatment can be a healthy, happy child with a big, broad, beautiful smile full of straight teeth, and an airway wide open for a lifetime of healthy breathing.

If you have a child who suffers from any of the conditions listed, please take the time to download these patient forms

Healthy Start Questionnaire

Home Study

While Promoting Beautiful Straight Teeth Without Braces The Health Start System is Designed to Address:

  • Symptoms for Sleep Disordered Breathing
  • Development of the Dentition
  • Development of the Jaws and Facial Profile
  • Opens the Airway
  • Straightening of the Teeth
  • Facilitating Dental Arch Expansion
  • Positioning and Training the Tongue for Proper Placement
  • Correcting Tongue Thrust
  • Teaching Proper Swallowing
  • Promoting Nasal Breathing
  • Eliminating Oral Habits such as Thumb or Finger Sucking
  • Correcting Overbite/Overjet Crowding, and Cross-Bites

Improving the lives of children is one of our top priorities. The Healthy Start Orthodontic System has no known side effects or downside, works up to five times faster than traditional braces, treatment is safe and effective, and the results can last a lifetime. If your child exhibits even ONE of the above symptoms, they may be eligible for treatment. Call Dr. Evans today for more information on how HealthyStart can help your child achieve their full potential. 


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