Helping Kids Sleep With Orthotropics

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When children have issues breathing at night, this could lead to sleep issues and cause problems for them during the day. Which is why a unique treatment to guide smile growth and ensure open airways may be recommended. In today’s blog, your Livonia, MI, dentist talks about helping kids sleep better with orthotropic appliances.

Signs Children Need Better Sleep

Do your children often feel exhausted during the day, have trouble waking up or concentrating in class, and have difficulty staying asleep throughout the night? For many, this could be due to limited air intake as a result of the position and growth of certain oral structures. This could lead to issues like sleep apnea and could leave them exhausted and falling behind in the educational and emotional milestones. This also impacts the tooth alignment and facial structures, as these limited airways could also mean limited room for the eruption of permanent teeth, impacting the appearance and health of the smile. But our team can help with a custom orthotropic device.

The Orthotropic Device

Our team will take detailed digital images of the smile and oral structures, and use them in a lab setting to design and fabricate a custom oral appliance, one that your little one will wear as they sleep. The device then helps guide the growth of the smile, guiding the expansion of the jaw so that permanent teeth can erupt properly. This helps ensure open airways and limits the risk of sleep apnea, so your kids feel more alert and active the next day. This could also offer major improvements of facial beauty, as this can alter jaw formation and boost the appearance of your child’s profile, preventing recessed chins or shallow cheeks.

Guiding Smile Growth

The orthotropic device is easy to use and clean, and can be stored and travel with you and your family as needed. This can provide a comfortable and nonsurgical means of stopping sleep issues in children, and also helping them obtain better oral health and a more even smile, one they feel proud to show off to the world. If you have any questions about how we help kids rest easier with our orthotropic appliances, or about starting treatment with a custom appliance, then contact our team today. Let’s help your little ones enjoy better quality of life and avoid the negative impacts of untreated sleep apnea.


Our team wants to help you children breathe without obstruction and enjoy better oral health. If you want to start treatment for your child, then schedule an appointment with Dr. Stewart in Livonia, MI today at 734-425-4400. We have experience in treating sleep disorders in kids and adults, helping you and your family feel more alert and rested, and protecting you all from the long-term impacts of poor sleep and limited air intake.