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Sleep Apnea in Children

IS IT SLEEP APNEA OR ADHD?

Obstructive sleep apnea in children is sometimes misdiagnosed because the results of the poor quality of sleep can mimic the symptoms of ADD/ADHD. If your child has trouble learning, sitting still, or behaving, it may be caused by sleep deprivation.

Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea in children include:

  • Loud snoring, often with pauses, snorts, or gasps
  • Daytime sleepiness or irritability
  • Hyperactivity or trouble focusing
  • Behavioral problems or poor impulse control
  • Sleep walking or night terrors
  • Bed wetting

HOW A DENTIST CAN HELP

There are many factors that can cause obstructive sleep in a child, such as a higher arch, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, or other malformations in their mouth. Using the Vivos Program and advanced medical imaging, our highly-trained doctors at Mountain Springs Dental will be able to prescribe the right therapeutic approach and treatment plan for each child. Treatment may include minor oral surgery and the temporary wearing of an oral appliance.

DIFFERENCES IN ADULTS AND CHILDREN

Sleep apnea or sleep disorder does manifest differently in adults than it does in children. While adults are more likely to exhibit daytime sleepiness and fatigue, children are more likely to show behavioral issues such as difficulty concentrating and hyperactivity. That’s why there’s no one solution for everyone. At Mountain Springs Dental, we design the sleep apnea treatment around the individual and their situation.

THE RIGHT DIAGNOSIS FOR YOUR CHILD

If you have a child that’s suffering from any of the above symptoms, especially if they’re displaying multiple symptoms, contact us at Mountain Springs Dental to run a full evaluation to see if a dental treatment can help.

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