Kids Snoring

SNORING

Most adult consults have tried a number of devices to help with their snoring and sleep apnoea problem. However surgery to bring the jaws forward in order to open the airways is often the only treatment that will work. Surgery? Who needs it? In order to avoid this we expand and bring forward the jaws of young kids, preferably before the age of 8. Expansion of the palate at an early age not only increases oral width and volume, but also cross sectional nasal volume. Extractions of bicuspids (a technique that we strongly advise against) for orthodontic treatment leads to decreased oral volume. The relative size of the tongue to the oral cavity has a great deal to do with snoring and sleep apnoea, with the airway blockage most often occurring at the base of the tongue.