"My daughter has never slept through the night. She wakes up repeatedly, grinds her teeth, is constantly moving in her sleep, and sleep walks. My daughter is 9 years old and had always made her way to my bed each night. I was exhausted from not getting enough sleep, and decided if I couldn't get her to stay in her bed, then I had to stop the grinding teeth. But everyone I spoke with assured me she would grow out of it, including her pediatric dentist. As I grew increasingly desperate over the course of 2 1/2 years I finally called my primary dentist to make her an appointment to get a mouth guard, but after explaining my issue he told me I needed to take her to see her pediatrician to have her tonsils checked as it sounded like sleep apnea. I quickly made that appointment, and her tonsils were fine, but the pediatrician noticed the pallet of my daughter's mouth was V shaped and referred me to Dr. Whitlock. When I met with Dr. Whitlock he took the time to explain to me how the roof of my daughter's mouth was too narrow causing her tongue to slide in the back of her mouth at night. This was not allowing her to get enough oxygen which was prompting her to move and grind her teeth in an effort to move her tongue so she could breathe. In addition, the sleep walking was a result of her never getting into a good REM sleep. He explained that she would need a spacer to help move the roof of her mouth into a U shape. We have had the spacer for 6 weeks now, but for the past 3 weeks as the roof of her mouth has shifted into more of a U shape her teeth grinding has stopped, her sleep walking has stopped, and at 9 years old she is officially sleeping through the night, and in her own bed!!! I am so thankful I kept searching for answers and found Dr. Whitlock. His knowledge has been an absolute life saver for this mom and my daughter."
- Cara E.