The HealthyStart® System is a series of uniquely designed oral appliances that are worn for a few hours per day and/or during the night while a child sleeps. The system works with the natural forces of tooth eruption to gently guide the teeth into their perfect alignments. It also aids in the correct growth and alignment of the lower jaw, expanding the arches to ensure space for incoming permanent teeth.
HealthyStart® is an innovative, kid-friendly method introduced to help our patients obtain a straight and healthy smile. The appliances address a range of symptoms associated with Sleep Disordered Breathing, such as mouth breathing, inability to focus, academic challenges, bedwetting, snoring, nightmares, underdeveloped jaw, underdeveloped airway and more.
The Healthy Start System uses a series of soft, comfortable, and removable oral appliances that your child will wear when they sleep at night and for a short time during the day. Dr. Chang will work with you and your child to develop an individualized plan. Generally, Healthy Start consists of 3 principal stages (pictured to the left).
Using HealthyStart, we want to help your child achieve:
Pediatric sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a general term for breathing difficulties during sleep. When a child experiences SDB, their body is not receiving adequate oxygen causing them to experience increased heart rate, blood pressure, and brain arousal. This can result in the child waking intermittently throughout the night.
Children who have prolonged Sleep Disordered Breathing (greater than 4-months) may suffer from significant decrease in their quality of life. Behavioral changes such as hyperactivity, loss of concentration and cognitive function have led to the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder in children. In addition, children who have prolonged SDB can have cognitive and learning disabilities which can extend into their teenage years. More than 80% of children who have documented and treated Sleep Disordered Breathing benefit from long term increases in cognitive ability, behavioral stabilization and more even temperament.
Potential symptoms and consequences of untreated pediatric SDB may include: