HealthyStart® for Kids in Vancouver, WA


Straighten teeth and improve breathing without braces.


Fight Sleep Disordered Breathing with the HealthyStart® System

Sleep Disordered Breathing, or SDB, affects the health and wellbeing of 9 in 10 children. This condition, which causes breathing to stop and start while sleeping, affects more than just your child’s sleep. SDB can affect their academic performance, behavior, oral health, and even stunt their growth.

Fortunately, helping your child work through SDB has never been easier thanks to the HealthyStart® system.

The HealthyStart® oral appliance promotes proper growth and development of your child’s jaw structure and airway. This encourages proper nasal breathing and straightens your child’s teeth simultaneously, combating SDB at the source.

How does the HealthyStart® System work?

The HealthyStart® oral appliance is a non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical, pain-free, and non-invasive therapy option for encouraging proper breathing and straightening teeth. 

The appliance is soft, comfortable, and generally worn at night to help straighten teeth and allow for proper breathing at night. 

Healthystart® appliances are FDA cleared, BPA, silicone, & latex free, and ISO certified.

Is your child experiencing any of the following conditions or symptoms?

• Chronic Allergies
• Aggressive Behavior
• Mouth Breathing
• Swollen Adenoids and Tonsils
• Daytime Drowsiness
• Crooked Teeth
• Restless Sleep
• Bedwetting
• Nightmares
• Snoring
• Irritability
• Frequent Headaches
• Arrested Growth
• Low Grades in Math, Science, and Spelling

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Pickens Family Dentistry’s Approach to HealthyStart® Treatment 

Many children suffering from Sleep Disordered Breathing and associated conditions are treated with powerful medication without addressing the root cause. This just doesn’t make sense!

At Pickens Family Dentistry in Vancouver, WA, we take a holistic approach when evaluating your child’s oral health issues. We don’t want to just put a bandaid over your child’s problem — we want to set them up for success for the rest of their life! 

When you come to our Vancouver, WA dentist office, we’ll use high-tech diagnostic tools to discover the root cause of your child’s issues and make sure that HealthyStart® is the right choice for them.

Treating your child’s SDB when they’re young will provide a solid  foundation for them to learn, grow, and blossom into their true potential.


Learn more about children’s sleep and airway health from dr. Drue’s parent webinar


Is HealthyStart® for Kids right for your child?

Download our Sleep Disordered Breathing Questionnaire for Children. Fill out the form and bring to your child’s next appointment, or email the completed form to to get the process started.



What our Patients are Saying

I love it here! The staff is great, and very caring. The office its self is very cozy and relaxing, and Mr. Pickens was absolutely awesome, and the hygienist was super sweet. Over all best dentist ever!!
— Cheyenne K.

“HealthyStart® really is the best way for kids to improve breathing and straighten their teeth. We can’t wait for you to see not only the difference in your child’s teeth, but their overall health, behavior, and happiness.”

Meet Dr. Drue Pickens

At Pickens Family Dentistry, we treat all of our patients like family. You deserve to be treated with compassion, kindness, and understanding. 

Dr. Drue Pickens built Pickens Family Dentistry around helping families in Vancouver discover how optimal health and wellness through dentistry can improve their lives.

When you walk into our dentist office, we want you to feel like you’ve just entered a welcoming home. Your family will be greeted by our friendly staff, who will answer any questions or concerns you have throughout the duration of your appointment. We offer an extensive array of amenities such as pillows and blankets, noise-canceling headphones, Netflix, and sedation options. It’s all we can do to make you feel comfortable in our office.

We can’t wait for your to discover the best dentistry has to offer in Vancouver.


At Pickens Family Dentistry, we can help with….


Cleanings & Prevention

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Cosmetic Dentistry

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Family Dentistry

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Learn how HealthyStart® for kids can set your child up for success.

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