Teen Sleep Apnea Linked to ADHD?

This is Orthodontics from a Teen’s Point of View, in this case, our friend Hawley.

I’m going to warn you, this blog is about a terrifying subject: Obstructive Sleep Apnea. What is that? Imagine you’re sleeping away, nice and peacefully, dreaming sweet dreams about your crush when suddenly, your airway closes, you choke, gag and wake up. You may not even notice because you fall right back asleep, but in reality, this happens many times a night. You may have seen commercials for it, and you are probably thinking, “Isn’t that just in old people?” Actually, it happens in kids and teenagers a lot more than you realize.

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How is Invisalign Better Than Braces?

Orthodontics from a Teen’s Point of View, in this case, our friend Hawley…

If you’re a teenager like me, worried about getting braces and all the terrifying social implications of looking like a major dork, you may have heard of Invisalign Teen, which is supposed to be much less dorky. Let me “straighten” things out for you. See what I did there?

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Dr. Kent Lauson’s Story

Dr. Kent LausonDr. Lauson is a traditionally trained specialist in orthodontics who came into the field because he wanted to straighten teeth and create beautiful smiles. The first years after specialty training, he practiced in Denver, Colorado, and performed orthodontics. Initially, he performed treatments like most of his colleagues, using primarily braces, where many cases needed extractions to straighten the teeth. However, after a few years in practice, he became aware of unexplained problems some of his previously treated patients were experiencing. Those problems included headaches, facial pain, and jaw joint pain. He wondered, “Could this have anything to do with what I did to straighten their teeth?” This was very upsetting to him because he not only didn’t know the answer to this question but he also was unaware of how to help these patients. More questions came up and he was now motivated to find answers to many questions he had.

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