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Sleep Disorders in Children Acton, MA

Sleep and quality sleep specifically is important for all of us and especially for a growing and developing child.

Dr. Ratti Handa is a leading dentist in Acton for the treatment of sleep disorders in children. As a VIVOS® dentist she uses a unique, non-invasive, biomimetic approach that is designed to address underlying structural abnormalities affecting the airway.

Sleep problems can impact many aspects of a child’s development, behavior and daily quality of life.

As scientific studies continue to focus on the effects that poor sleep has on people of all ages, the connections between a growing range of concerns are linked to a sleep disorder. For children, this can range from bedwetting to ADHD.

Does my child have a sleep problem?

Children can present with a sleep problem in very different ways, with many signs also pointing to other concerns and behavioral problems. Dr. Handa welcomes and treats children who have been diagnosed with a sleep disorder or who are suffering from the effects of frequent bedwetting, ADHD, night terrors, and insomnia.

She provides personalized, consultative care for these oral health-related needs and uses advanced techniques and technology to achieve the goals of a healthier, happier child.

Dr. Handa uses the VIVOS system to diagnose the structure and function of your child’s airway. A compromised airway is often the cause of sleep problems and resulting signs and symptoms. She will work with you to understand the overall health history of your child and what challenges they are facing.

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Treating sleep disorders in children

Dr. Handa will evaluate your child using digital diagnostics as needed. After a discussion with the parent or caregiver, a treatment plan is created to address symptoms and their underlying cause.

The goal of treatment is to re-establish a healthy airway and enable your child’s oral health and bite to continue to develop normally. Dr. Handa can use the VIVOS oral appliance system to remodel a narrow dental arch or palate and to stabilize it as your child grows. In some cases, the use of orthodontics is recommended for the best outcome.

What are the two most common sleeping problems for children?

Sleep apnea and insomnia are the two most common sleeping problems for children. Insomnia can make it hard for your child to fall or stay asleep. Insomnia may cause your child to wake up too early and not go back to sleep.  On the other hand, sleep apnea is a disorder that interrupts breathing during sleep. As a result, your child may feel tired during the day.