Little do many people know, children can be affected by sleeping disorders just like adults can. In fact, your dentist can help your child experience better sleep by receiving treatment for sleep apnea in Ballston Spa.
In this week’s blog post, we’re going to explore sleep apnea in children and the symptoms to watch out for you.
What Are The Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea In Kids?
Children with this sleep apnea may show these symptoms. It’s important to pay attention to these signs and seek treatment right away:
- ADHD and hyperactivity
- Morning headaches
- Waking up multiple times throughout the night to use the restroom
- Sleeping in odd positions
- Being difficult to wake up
- Irritable, cranky, or aggressive behavior
- Gasping, pausing, or snorting when breathing while asleep
- Waking up with asthma attacks
- Generally restless sleep
- Breathing through the mouth while awake
- Falling asleep when it’s not naptime or bedtime
- Speaking with a nasal-sounding voice
- Difficulty concentrating
- Trouble in school and learning information
- Poor performance in school, academically or behaviorally
While hyperactivity and behavior issues are common symptoms of many childhood health conditions. Don’t disregard the possibility of obstructive sleep apnea affecting your children.
What Are The Risk Factors For Sleep Apnea In Kids?
Believe it or not, children can be at risk for sleep apnea for many reasons, including:
- Family history of sleep apnea
- Medical conditions like Down Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy
- Structural defects in the jaw, throat, or airway
- Being overweight
- Having a large tongue or neck
How Can You Treat My Child’s Sleep Apnea?
Our team can help your child get back to sleeping like a baby with the following options:
- Screening– By providing testing for sleep apnea with a dentist that you can trust, your dental team can help find the underlying cause for your child’s systemic health problems.
- CPAP– Your child may be prescribed a breathing machine that forces are through the airway.
- Custom Oral Appliance Therapy – These comfortable, custom oral devices help shift your child’s lower jaw to open the airway while they are sleeping. These are great if your child is CPAP intolerant.
- Lifestyle Management– We can provide tips on a healthy lifestyle with nutritious foods and physical activities that can help your child deal with weight issues that could be contributing to their sleep disorder.
Now that you know what sleep apnea symptoms to look for in your children, be sure to help your little ones get the care that they need to stay safe and healthy.
About Our Office
Here at Integrative Sleep Center, we want your whole family to feel healthy and well rested. That’s why we will even help treat the youngest members of your family for sleep apnea. Feel free to contact our office to schedule your next appointment.