Little Penguin Pediatric Dentistry

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Airway Dentistry & Orthodontics for Kids – Prosper, TX

A Better Night’s Rest is Just an Appointment Away

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Did you know that chinstrap penguins take over 10,000 brief naps every day, adding up to well over 11 hours of total sleep per day? Just like for penguins, sleep is crucial to a child’s health and development. Unfortunately, it’s often the case that little ones aren’t getting this much-needed rest due to sleep-breathing disorders and airway obstruction. The best time to address these concerns is while your child’s oral and facial anatomy is still developing, allowing Dr. Peng to take proactive action to keep your child from experiencing frequent sleep interruptions. We encourage parents to learn more about this condition and to give us a call if any symptoms arise.

Why Choose Little Penguin Pediatric Dentistry for Airway Dentistry & Orthodontics?

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Knowledgeable Certified
Pediatric Dentist

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Customized Oral Appliances
for Permanent Results

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We Take a Whole Child
Approach to Care

Airway-Focused Evaluation

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Dr. Peng has specialized knowledge and experience in treating issues related to oral development as a pediatric dentist, which is why she conducts airway-focused evaluations when the need arises. This involves examining your child’s airway, tonsils, craniofacial growth and anatomy, bite, and asking about sleeping and breathing patterns. Following this examination, Dr. Peng will help assess your child’s symptoms and determine their risk for sleep-breathing disorders. If necessary, we can also refer you to an appropriate specialist for treatment.

Symptoms of Airway Obstruction and Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Children

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At Little Penguin Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Peng takes a whole-body approach to treatment. This means that she asks about symptoms and experiences that your child may be having that may not seem directly related to their oral health. However, in some cases, like with airway obstruction and sleep-disordered breathing, they may be connected! Below, we’ve outlined some common symptoms that our Prosper team treats with airway orthodontics for children:

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What Causes Airway Obstruction and Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Kids?

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Did you know that your child’s oral structures can have a significant impact on their quality of sleep? In fact, that’s why we’re so diligent about keeping an eye out for it, so we can help you spot the signs as early as possible. At every visit we evaluate your child’s tonsils, tongue, teeth, and gums as part of our oral cancer screening and airway evaluation. Airway obstruction is often caused by anatomical development, like enlarged tonsils or tongue-ties, as well as growth issues like narrow jaws. Our goal is to assess your child’s symptoms and conduct a comprehensive examination so we can identify and treat the root cause of your child’s airway obstruction.

How We Treat Airway Obstruction and Sleep-Disordered Breathing

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We prioritize guiding your child’s growth and development starting at an early age during their natural growth process so that invasive treatment such as surgery or extractions of the adult teeth can be avoided. Airway obstruction and sleep-disordered breathing can be caused by a variety of underlying issues, which Dr. Peng and our team can help educate you on during your child’s comprehensive oral evaluation. Based on our findings, we may recommend one of the following treatment options or refer you to a specialist for further examination.

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Oral Muscle Therapy

Airway obstruction can occur for a variety of reasons, one of which is weakened muscles that line and surround the airway. Dr. Peng can show you specific exercises that are designed to improve the strength and coordination of muscles in the mouth and throat. This can help correct certain situations, like where their tongue rests towards the front of their mouth.

Oral Appliances

Orthodontic appliances such as myofunctional appliances, expanders, and clear aligners can also aid in treating airway obstruction in children. As your child’s mouth continues developing, our goal is to help aid their oral growth by encouraging dental and jaw alignment. The results are permanent, making it an excellent option for those who are good candidates!

Laser Frenectomy

Tongue ties may affect speech and proper development of the oral musculature of which we treat with laser dentistry. We use the latest laser technology for precise and comfortable frenectomies, improving your child’s oral health and speech development. Our in-house periodontist, Dr. Louie, is also highly skilled in making sure frenectomies are done properly with the best esthetic result.