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Children's Sleep Treatment - Sunnyside WA

Recognizing Sleep Disorders

In Children

Are your kids struggling with with school, ADHD, bedwetting or waking up tired?

The problem may not be what you think it is, discover how Dr. Stevens can help.

Breathe Better

Breathing is the very essence of life; when your breathing is compromised, it has a profound impact on your overall health and well-being.

Sleep Better

Quality sleep is the cornerstone of well-being; when you sleep well, it positively impacts your overall life.

Feel Better

When you breathe better and sleep better, you feel better and pave the way for improved overall well-being, creating a positive impact on your health.

FREE Parents Guide to Kids Sleep Apnea

Understanding Sleep Apnea

The Connection to Jaw Development

Sleep apnea results from the constriction and collapse of the airway, impeding oxygen flow during sleep. The origins of this narrow airway can be traced back to the early stages of life, beginning in infancy. Dietary habits, particularly a soft and processed food diet, can hinder jaw development, ultimately contributing to underdevelopment and future airway issues.

Additionally, several factors impact jaw development, including:

  • How long the child was breastfed
  • Is the child getting a soft/mushy food diet
  • Was a pacifier used, and for how long
  • Poor oral habits, such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting -Mouth breathing
  • Tongues that are restricted/tied.

Treatment gets the best results when started early. Dr. Stevens focuses on sleep testing and helping kids expand airways as they’re developing.

The Problem May Not Be What You Think It Is..

Studies have shown that as many as 98% of patients diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) exhibit an underdeveloped mouth and jaw structures. While an underdeveloped jaw may seem to be a minor aesthetic concern, it could be the underlining cause for OSA—a critical sleep disorder intricately linked to various chronic and potentially life-threatening health issues.

Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Mouth Breathing
  • Nightmares And Restless Sleep
  • Chronic Allergies
  • Bedwetting
  • Swollen Tonsils Or Adenoids
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Snoring
  • Grinding Teeth
  • Tongue & Lip tie
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Fibromyalgia
Need To Understand

Who Does It Affect?

Recent research indicates that nearly 93% of children exhibit malocclusion, characterized by crooked teeth. This condition serves as a visible indicator of underdeveloped jaws, potentially leading to breathing difficulties.

A child's insufficient jaw or facial development, along with other risk factors, can be a clue in preventing Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders (SRBD). Given the connection of these issues with smaller jaws and mouth breathing, it is imperative to educate parents the importance of nasal breathing for better long-term health.

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Kids Have Sleep Apnea Too

Your Child's Health and a Compromised Airway

When a child's airway is blocked, stopping the free flow of air and oxygen to the brain, it disrupts their sleep cycle, robbing them of a restful night's rest. This disruption can affect their cognitive function the next day and may lead to health issues.

Sadly, sleep-related breathing problems often go undetected, misdiagnosed, and untreated. If your child shows these symptoms, they could be experiencing sleep-related breathing difficulties.

The Vivos Treatment

Treating The Root Cause

The Vivos system offers a non-surgical solution for addressing the root cause of an underdeveloped jaw. It typically involves the use of a daytime-nighttime appliance to gradually expand and guide the upper palate and lower jaw as well as providing an initial alignment of the teeth.

The Vivos system serves to position the lower jaw, encouraging it to rest in a more optimal, biologic position. Through the strategic remodeling and repositioning of the oral structures, using these specialized oral appliances, we can improve an unobstructed airflow, thereby promoting restful sleep.

Treat More Than Just The Symptoms

The Vivos Method doesn’t just treat sleep apnea symptoms; it addresses the root cause using noninvasive oral appliances prescribed by trained professionals. This multidisciplinary approach targets underlying dentofacial issues contributing to sleep apnea, effectively addressing structural upper airway problems. By tackling the root cause, the Vivos Method offers transformative, long-term relief and enhances overall health.

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How Our Sleep Treatment Can Help


Snoring often serves as a key indicator of sleep apnea. If you find yourself asking, ‘Could my child’s snoring be linked to sleep apnea?’ We’re here to help you uncover the answer and provide effective solutions.

CLICK HERE for a FREE guide to STOP snoring!

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea involves the recurring interruption of breathing during sleep, impacting health at all stages of life. Concerned about how it might affect your child? Our protocols determine its impact and provide effective solutions..

Mouth Breathing

Do you notice your child mouth breathing? Uncover the connection of mouth breathing to sleep apnea as we explore the ‘why’ together and work on transitioning to healthier nose breathing through our effective strategies.


Bedwetting, or nocturnal enuresis, is mainly a physiological issue, not tied to behavioral maturity. Our treatment, alone or in conjunction with our Stevens Health Alliance affiliates, can help develop a resolution.


ADD/ADHD can be linked to Oxygen deprivation caused by sleep apnea and breathing disorders. The cause of ADD/ADHD is often misdiagnosed, mistreated with medication, and mismanaged. We focus on addressing these cognitive, behavioral deviations in our assessment and treatment protocols.

Allergies and Asthma

Why do you experience asthma or allergies while others don’t? Our mission is to uncover the underlying causes. Through specialized treatment methods, and working with our Stevens Health Alliance affiliates, we aim to reveal hidden answers and provide effective solutions.

FREE Parents Guide to Kids Sleep Apnea

Get Started in Just 4 Easy Steps:

Our comprehensive program is a holistic approach to accommodate your family’s quest for optimal health. Let’s get started; Rosalie will personally address these initial questions and Dr. Stevens will personally be available to comment on all your health-oriented concerns.


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Treatment Plan

Your personalized Wellness Plan is your plan to optimal health.

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More people have sleep apnea than you think

1 in 5 adults have mild OSA
1 in 15 have moderate to severe OSA
9% of middle-aged women and 25% of middle-aged men suffer from OSA

Get a sleep test today!

How often do we wear the device?

For adults about 3-4 hours during the day and while sleeping overnight.

For children about 1-2 hours during the day and while sleeping overnight, these awesome appliances work their magic. They’re like little guides, helping with the natural growth and development of your child’s mouth, jaws, and airways. They do an incredible job of counteracting the negative impacts of modern life on their oral health. It’s all about promoting a healthy future!

Will it help with my crowded/crooked teeth?

Maybe! Dr. Stevens takes a case-by-case approach to help you breathe better at night and promote a healthy airway. That’s our main goal, no doubt about it. But here’s the exciting part: along the way, we often see some fantastic bonuses. As we work our magic to promote jaw growth, we create more space for those teeth to fit perfectly in their mouth. Say goodbye to crowded teeth if we achieve that goal!

Now, even after our treatment, you might still need a little help from orthodontics to get that perfectly aligned end result. But here’s why we do what we do: we want you to have the best shot at a good night’s rest and improved breathing. Because when you can breathe better, you become better sleepers.

So let’s join forces and get you on the road to getting a proper rest and improved breathing!

How long is the treatment?

The treatment time may differ depending on your age and the severity of your case. Don’t worry, though! Dr. Stevens will set treatment goals and provide you with a general idea of how long it might take. It’s all about progress and moving forward together!

Is the OSA treatment covered by insurance?

Good news! You have the option to seek reimbursement from your medical insurance company,  however, it’s important to note that your medical insurance plan might have some limits or exclusions on the coverage amount.

To get all the details specific to your plan, it’s best to reach out directly to your Medical/Dental insurance company. They’ll be able to provide you with the specifics related to your coverage and answer any questions you may have. It’s always good to stay informed and make the most of your insurance benefits!

Should snoring be ignored?

Snoring is not merely a loud and bothersome noise; it can serve as an important indicator of a Sleep Breathing Disorder (SBD) that should not be taken lightly. It is estimated that around 42 million Americans are affected by SBDs.

One of the most prevalent types of SBD is Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a medical condition in which the tongue and soft tissues obstruct the airway, preventing proper airflow into the lungs. Recognizing the potential seriousness of SBDs is crucial for prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Sleep Apnea and Its Impact on Health

  • Mild OSA is found in 70% of heart attack patients.
  • Sleep Apnea affects 86% of obese individuals with type 2 Diabetes.
  • Hypertension is present in 43% of patients with mild OSA.
  • Sleep Apnea is experienced by 48% of individuals with type 2 Diabetes.
  • Drowsy driving causes around 100,000 car accidents annually.
  • Individuals with Sleep Apnea are at a 4 times higher risk of stroke.
  • Untreated Sleep Apnea can lead to memory problems, weight gain, impotence, and headaches.
  • Over 20 years, untreated OSA can reduce survivability by 30% or more.
  • Drowsy driving results in 100,000 car accidents, 40,000 injuries, and 1,550 deaths yearly.
  • Approximately 38,000 deaths each year are associated with Sleep Apnea-related cardiovascular problems, including high blood pressure, hypertension, and stroke.

Do we see children?

Yes, children are our best patients! We recommend that children have their first dental visit around age 2.

What are the benefits of breathing through the nose?

Your nose is a superhero when it comes to safe, efficient, and proper breathing. It rocks some incredible powers, including:

Filtering out the bad stuff: Those nasal hairs? They work like tiny bouncers, keeping dust, allergens, and pollen from crashing your lungs’ party.

Moisturizing like a pro: Your nose knows how to add some moisture to the air you breathe. It warms things up and adds a touch of hydration, so your lungs can handle it like a champ.

Boosting circulation with nitric oxide: When you take a breath through your nose, it’s like your nose high-fiving your blood vessels. It releases nitric oxide (NO), a fancy vasodilator that helps widen those blood vessels. That means better oxygen flow throughout your body.

So, next time you take a breath, give your nose a little nod of appreciation for all the incredible things it does to keep you breathing like a boss!

Download Our FREE Parents Guide to Kids Sleep Apnea

Discover the secret to peaceful nights and refreshing sleep by downloading our free “Parents Guide to Kids Sleep Apnea”. Inside, you’ll find valuable tips and proven techniques to help you and your loved ones conquer snoring and enjoy uninterrupted rest.

Don’t let bad sleep disrupt your child any longer – grab your free guide today and take the first step toward more restful nights.

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Our Sunnyside WA location

Proudly serving Sunnyside WA, Yakima WA, Kennewick WA,  Tri-cities and the near by Central Washington.



922 E. Edison Ave
Sunnyside, WA 98944


(509) 837-7818
(509) 837-7415 FAX


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Sat & Sun: Closed

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