Children with sleep disturbed breathing and possibly even sleep apnea is a very serious condition which is too often undiagnosed and untreated. Here at Beitchman Orthodontics, we also recognize that this condition often begins as airway obstructed sleep breathing in young children. Numerous studies have now shown that children with impaired airways do not often get a good night’s rest. Thus they have shorter attention spans, trouble concentrating in class, are not attentive, and seem to be tired all the time. Many of these children are diagnosed with ADHD. This is why Dr. Beitchman takes time with children between the ages of six and ten to evaluate their airways.

An important thing to keep in mind is that a child should never snore! Children with narrow dental arches frequently have crowed front teeth, which is easily seen. What is not easily seen is the fact that they have high palates and not enough space for the tongue to rest in its natural position. All of these things combined can lead to obstructive nasal airways. Furthermore, during exams at our San Antonio and Boerne orthodontic offices, Dr. Beitchman evaluates patients’ tonsils and adenoids, both radiographically and clinically.

We believe that orthodontists are uniquely qualified to treat these conditions through the expansion of dental arches using orthodontic appliances and, when appropriate, referral to a pediatric ENT doctor with whom we work closely. It is our goal to diagnose obstructive sleep breathing in patients as young as six years of age and take steps to correct this condition before it progresses into true sleep apnea.

Boerne

25 FM 3351 S. Boerne, TX 78006
(830) 229-5444 Email Us
Office Hours:
Monday: 8:30am to 5pm
Tuesday: 8:30am to 1pm
Wednesday: 8:30am to 5pm
Thursday: 8:30am to 5pm
Friday: 8:30am to 3pm

San Antonio

11924 Vance Jackson Rd, Suite 201 San Antonio, TX 78230
(210) 558-3395 Email Us
Office Hours:
Monday: 8am to 5pm
Tuesday: 8am to 1pm
Wednesday: 8am to 5pm
Thursday: 8am to 5pm
Friday: 8am to 12pm