“Poor sleep leads to a variety of different things, including behavioral issues [and] learning and cognitive issues, that can all be tied back to the airway.”
– Dr. Edward Christensen
Dr. Christensen on Orofacial Development, or Lack Thereof, in Children
This week on Vivos Voices, we visited with Dr. Edward Christensen, a talented pediatric dentist and trained Vivos Integrated Provider (VIP).
Each day, Dr. Christensen sees dozens of patients. While doing so, he began to notice similarities in their jaw and airway development—or rather, a lack thereof. Many parents complained about their child snoring, struggling with their sleep quality, and behavior during the day. Once Dr. Christensen searched for further understanding, he came across Vivos Therapeutics, Inc. and hasn’t looked back.
“[I realized that] poor sleep leads to a variety of different things, including behavioral issues [and] learning and cognitive issues, that can all be tied back to the airway.”
Vivos Therapeutics, Inc. understands patients young and old. VIPs learn to encourage proper growth and development in pediatric patients to ensure a high quality of life into adulthood. It is essential to understand how to communicate this information with parents to set their children up for success.
“One of the things that I like about Vivos . . . it’s kind of a neat thing to be able to talk to parents about these types of things.”
Our practice is a, it’s a pediatric dental office very specific to children. So it’s very fast, very fast-paced. Um, we see, you know, anywhere from, you know, 40 to 60 patients a day. The most, most common thing that I get is he snores, or they grind. I can hear them grinding their teeth all the way down the hall. Um, those are probably the two biggest things. Uh, the other things that are associated with that, um, parents will talk about, uh, you know, they don’t, they don’t pay attention well or they, they have difficulties in school, those types of things. So the causes for that are, you know, you have, you have a decreased airway. You have no place for your tongue to lie, um, and that causes mouth breathing. It causes, uh, stress and grinding, uh, which contributes to severe things in, in, in children as far as, as far as the teeth go. The baby teeth aren’t as strong as grown-up teeth, so they tend to grind down. I’ve seen kids grind their teeth right down to their gums. And so it can be very severe. I’m very excited to get into Vivos. I’m pretty new with Vivos right now and, uh, children that don’t have good airways, um, don’t get great oxygenation. And that not only causes things that are, are physical like the grinding, um, but also poor sleep, um, leads to a variety of different things including behavioral issues, learning, cognitive issues that can all be tied back to the airway. One of the things that I like about Vivos and how I, how I can, you know, when I, I see a lot of children a day when I do the exams it’s, it’s kind of a neat thing to, to be able to talk to parents about these kinds of things and, and help them, you know, because there’s a lot of struggling in families that, that they don’t really realize. That it can be related to that airway.