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Children’s Airway Health Solutions

As a devoted parent, you naturally want your child to have the benefits of proper healthcare. However, you and your pediatric or family physician may be overlooking an important aspect – children’s airway health. Dr. Oliva Hart is experienced in the identification and treatment of conditions that, without early intervention, can have a grave impact on lifetime wellness.


This area of dental medicine involves helping your child breathe clearly and naturally, providing vital oxygen levels that promote whole body health, mental acuity, and physical development. Obstructive sleep apnea is a common culprit. Yet it is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed since symptoms are different in kids than in adults.

Does your child have warning signs of airway issues?

  • Mouth breathing
  • Dry, chapped lips
  • Foul breath in the morning
  • Gingivitis
  • Unusual sleep positions
  • Excessive movement during sleep
  • Bedwetting or using the bathroom frequently at night
  • Nightmares or night awakenings
  • Snoring (although this symptom is not always present)
  • Recurring respiratory infection
  • Lung infections
  • Daytime lethargy, OR hyperactivity
  • Problems concentrating

Sleep apnea is an even bigger concern with children than adults because their developing bodies and brains require sufficient oxygenation. Untreated airway issues can result in continued and more severe sleep apnea as an adult, and the elevated health risks that go with it – obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, premature births, and more.


Dr. Hart works closely with a physician for integrated care that typically begins with ordering a sleep study. In some cases, surgical removal of enlarged adenoids or tonsils may be recommended.

Most patients, though, respond well to non-surgical treatment:

  • Myofunctional therapy expands the palate, providing additional space for natural airflow. This course of treatment addresses mouth breathing and improper tongue and oral postures that inhibit respiration. It also helps teeth come in straight (without extractions) and contributes to attractive facial development with a strong chin and profile.
  • NightLase laser therapy shrinks excess tissues at the back of the throat.
  • Lip- or tongue-tie is released with a quick and painless laser procedure.

Contact Dr. Olivia Hart of Virginia Biological Dentistry to receive expert diagnosis and treatment for your child’s possible airway issue. Click here to make an appointment now or call (804) 381-6238 or email at info@virginiabiologicaldentistry.com to learn more.

Dr. Olivia Hart

Dr. Olivia Hart
DDS, NMD, IABDM & ICOI Fellow & AAIP Fellow

Dr. Olivia Hart, a founder of Virginia Biological Dentistry and a highly accomplished biological dentist, is honored to serve her community in Glen Allen, Richmond VA. She has always sought to enrich her knowledge in the field of holistic/biological dental health and to offer her patients the best comprehensive dental care possible. Her Virginia Biological Dentistry provides services ranging from biocompatible ceramic restorations, ceramic implants, and extractions with a biological protocol to treatments of sleep apnea, TMJ and other specialized bio-dental services.