Sleep Apnea Orthodontist

Sleep Apnea and symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing can be helped with orthodontic treatment. Ask our orthodontists in Calgary at our Market Mall office about sleep apnea orthodontic treatment.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep Apnea can happen when the airway is obstructed by any or all of tonsils, adenoids, nasal obstruction, and tongue (not enough room because of narrow or receded jaws). At night, the body has to “fight” to get air in past the obstructions. Cortisol, a stress hormone, is produced to create the fight to breathe.

Effects of Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea can happen at all ages. However, sleep apnea in children can have adverse long-term effects.

Long-term high levels of cortisol have negative effects, especially in children:

  • growth problems and “failure to thrive”
  • attention deficit and learning issues
  • “acting out” behaviours such as aggression and hyperactivity
  • altered immune response leading to conditions such as asthma
  • gastric esophageal reflux disease
  • bed wetting, sleepwalking and night terrors
  • long-term cardiovascular problems
  • hyperactivity and attention problems in children as young as 3 may be due to sleep-disordered breathing and should be evaluated early to prevent longer-lasting issues

How does an orthodontist treat sleep apnea?

Our orthodontists at our Market Mall office in Calgary can help correct misaligned teeth and jaws to allow for easier breathing during sleeping. If you think your child may have sleep apnea, please bring them in for an orthodontic consultation today.


For over 30 years, we've been helping people resolve painful, destructive jaw problems (TMD).


We have creative solutions for the most complex problems, avoiding extractions and surgery.

Braces for Kids

Growth correction at a younger age can prevent much more complicated treatment.

You all take great care. You are kind and thoughtful and always careful to answer all of our questions!!! Thank you. Megan took my daughter in on a Monday to quickly replace an elastic before her retainer was put in — so kind because I know you were not open to clients. Desiree is my FAVOURITE! She is the best, always careful, always adresses my questions and always has a great story or tidbit of info to share. You are all great! I do wonder though, given COVID, why doesn't your team who are working directly with us, our mouths open etc., why don't they wear shields for their own safety? -Submitted By: Jade Bettesworth