Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that isn’t exclusive to adults. It’s more common in children than many people realize, and it can lead to lifelong health problems.
On the bright side, if caught early enough, orthodontic intervention can permanently resolve the issue. Some medical professionals want to jump right into treating children using invasive surgeries. Before that happens, contact our office to learn about safe, conservative treatments that are available.
Detect Baby Sleep Apnea as Early as Possible
In infants, sleep apnea can be fatal. These cases often occur due to congenital issues and inflamed tonsils. If your child is sleep deprived, moody in the morning, or running into behavioral problems at school, they need to be seen by a dentist and pediatrician. Some other signs of sleep deprivation are long narrow faces or a blueish hue under the eyes. Children who have trouble getting restorative sleep often have stunted growth and are also prone to obesity. As a parent, sleep apnea should be on your radar of things to watch out for as your child grows and develops.
Sleep Apnea Signs to Watch for
The following symptoms may be a sign that your child suffers from sleep apnea:
- Developmental delay
- Hypo-nasal quality to their voice
- Noisy breathers
- Sleep Nightmares
- Poor concentration — sometimes diagnosed by mistake with ADD/ADHD
- Chronic nose running
- Frequent upper airway infections
- Nocturnal mouth breathing
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
Fortunately, there are several treatment options available for both children and adults. These include:
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine
- Orthodontic oral appliance
- Removal of tonsils
- Weight loss
- Avoiding airway irritants and allergens
Ready to Get Started?
Dr. Paul Hamersky is our orthodontist and sleep apnea specialist. He is qualified to treat sleep apnea in children, adolescents, and adults. Treating children using oral appliance therapy can be detrimental if handled incorrectly, so you want to work with an experienced orthodontist. Dr. Hamersky has over 25 years of orthodontic experience and a great working knowledge of children’s oral growth.
If your child has been diagnosed with sleep apnea by a pediatrician or doctor, contact us online to schedule a consultation.