Only in the last 20 years has research established the connection between certain common childhood health issues and a single likely root. – Sleep Disorderd Breathing (SDB)

The symptoms associated with SDB can vary from one child to the next, but even mild SDB (mouth breathing, crowded teeth, snoring) can point to serious underlying health issues and the need for treatment.

  • 1. Pediatric sleep disorders impact a child’s behavioral, cognitive, and physical development, with long-term consequences (Bonuck, Parikh, & Bassila, 2006; Montgomery & Dunne, 2007).
  • 2. Children with SDB are 40 to 100 percent more likely to exhibit behavioral and emotional problems, including hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, social issues with peers, and conduct problems, including aggressiveness (Bonuck, 2012).
  • 3. Children with cross bites (misaligned upper and lower teeth) are 3.3 times more likely to suffer from SDB, while children with convex facial profiles (i.e. receding chins) are 2.6 times more likely (Finland Study 2013, published in European Journal of Pediatrics).

The research is clear – SDB is the underlying condition that often gives rise to many childhood health issues.
Children with wide, forward dental arches who breathe through their nose sleep better, and children who sleep better perform better in school, behave better, and experience fewer health issues.
Unfortunately, childhood sleep disorders are becoming far more prevalent among our youth, and far too many parents and healthcare providers are unaware of the dire consequences.

Bedwetting and your Child’s Dental Development. How are they connected?

Bedwetting can be caused by a compromised airway which can lead to Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). Over just the past 20 years, compelling research from around the world has forged important links between SDB and certain childhood health issues that plague as many as 9 out of 10 children.

The Importance of Your Child’s Airway. What are the side effects of a compromised airway?


The central issue for many children suffering from the effects of SDB is a compromised airway. When a child’s airway is narrow, underdeveloped, or constricted in any way, the child will struggle to get enough oxygen at night and may resort to mouth breathing. Bringing the upper and lower jaws forward while making them wider can help open up the airway of a growing child.

At Dentistry for Children, we utilize the VIVOS system in our office. These are some of the things it does.

The Vivos System is a proprietary, non-invasive, non-surgical treatment protocol, provided by a multidisciplinary team of highly-trained healthcare professionals.

Statistics show over 40 Million Children can be affected by Sleep Disorders and 9 out of 10 Children are suffering from one or more symptoms of sleep-related breathing symptoms. The Vivos System evaluates and treats the underlying root causes associated with Sleep Disordered Breathing.

Normal breathing is silent breathing through your nose. It is quiet and effortless. It allows our bodies to go into normal deep, restorative sleep, and to awake refreshed and ready to take on each new day. Snoring and sleep apnea are not normal breathing patterns, and they are not healthy. The Vivos system expands the airway in order to get the best possible sleep. 

When children are young, their bodies are able to adjust and mold easily, particularly in their mouth and their bone structure. Crowded teeth may force the tongue forward against their teeth, narrowing their dental arch and constricting the airway.

Our dentists are proud to provide the Vivos in right here in Vancouver and the surrounding areas. We invite you to call us at (360) 260-0505 for more information and schedule your child’s consultation with Dr. Shebani and Dr. Kim.