Solutions for Children with Sleep Apnea

Apnea, defined, is “cessation of breath.” Many more children have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) than many parents realize. Children with sleep apnea literally experience repeated episodes of complete or partial obstruction of the upper airway while sleeping. The diaphragm and chest muscles then work even harder to open the blocked airway, thereby delivering air to the lungs. Breathing usually resumes with a loud gasp, snort, or body jolt. Children with sleep apnea episodes deal with interruptions in sound sleep and reductions of the flow of oxygen to vital organs.

Children with sleep apnea usually do not realize that their sleep is compromised. It is important that parents are familiar with the symptoms if they suspect that they have children with sleep apnea. Dr. Baggaley would like to educate patient’s families about possible warning signs so you know what to watch for.

Children with sleep apnea can show the following symptons:

Abnormal breathing during sleep
Frequent awakenings or restlessness
Frequent nightmares
Bed wetting
Difficulty awakening
Daytime sleepiness
Hyperactivity/behavior problems
Daytime mouth breathing
Irregular sleep patterns

An oral appliance can be an effective therapy for children with Sleep Apnea. The appliance is custom-fit and placed in the mouth at night to hold the lower jaw and bring the tongue forward. This arrangement elevates the soft palate and maintains proper tongue positioning in order to keep it from falling back into the airway and blocking breath.

At Dr. B’s Dentistry for children we want to help your children be as healthy as possible. Our goal is to assist our pediatric population in optimal oral health and overall physical wellness. If you suspect that your child’s sleep is being compromised make an appointment for a consultation today.

Contact us if you think you have children with sleep apnea.

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