Sleep Breathing Disorders in Children

Sleep Breathing Disorders in Children

At Pittsford Dental Excellence Center, we can help children and adults connect to better to health.

What does the health of your mouth have to do with your overall health? Pittsford NY dentist, Dr. Sam Guarnieri, is asked quite frequently this very question. The short answer, it has plenty to do with it. The more complex, a healthy mouth—including your jaw, airway and tongue—may help you not only prevent bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease and sleep related breathing disorders but also the serious health conditions linked to these conditions.

Sleep Related Breathing Disorders

The maxillofacial area consists of the jaw, face, mouth and tongue. Sleep related breathing disorders (SRBD), including poor sleep quality, open mouth breathing, sleep apnea, snoring, teeth grinding or clenching, can affect adults and children. Often time, the first symptoms of airway related issues first appear in this area. Recently, increasing attention is being paid in the pediatric and dental community to SRBD among children, which is often associated to upper airway narrowing due to improper jaw alignment and craniofacial development. If not treated, these issues can carry forward into adulthood.

In children, sleep related breathing disorders can cause symptoms such as ADD/ADHD like behavior, poor memory and ability to focus, frequent ear and upper respiratory infections, bed wetting, digestive issues and more. In adults, SRBD can cause excessive daytime sleepiness, dry mouth, sore throat, headaches, difficulty in concentration, and cardiovascular disease. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that 50 to 70 million Americans are affected by chronic sleep disorders or sleep disruptions that can significantly affect health and safety.

Connect to Better Health

Since SRBDs are related to the maxillofacial area, dentists who are trained in airway-focused dentistry—like Dr. Guarnieri—play an important role in identifying and treating these issues. Our mission at Pittsford Dental Excellence Center is to help educate our patients on the overall benefits of good oral health and airway health—as it relates to sleep breathing disorders—and its connection to overall health. It’s for this very reason, we are evolving the scope our practice to include airway-focused dentistry, refreshing our logo and introducing a new tagline, “Connect to Better Health.”




The dots in our new logo represent how we help connect the dots of the dental-medical connection. And our new tagline represents what we do in our practice each and every day—helping patients achieve and maintain the highest level of optimal dental health and total wellness. What remains the same is our commitment to our patients and our name, Pittsford Dental Excellence Center. Because excellence is our standard—providing a level of care that is not often seen in medicine or dentistry today.

This evolution in our brand represents our focus on you and commitment to the health of our patients. As a general dentist with advanced education and training in airway-focused dentistry, Dr. Guarnieri can detect signs and symptoms of sleep related breathing disorders then work as team with other medical associates and allied health professionals to create an integrated and personalized treatment plans to care for the health of your mouth and body.

Our staff is happy to answer any questions you may have about airway-focused dentistry. Contact us at our Pittsford, NY office today at (585) 248-2575 to learn more, or schedule a consultation.

Pittsford Dental Excellence Center provides total oral health care to patients in Fairport, Pittsford, and Rochester, NY.

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