Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Children and Sleep Apnea

According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million Americans—including children—are thought to suffer from a form of sleep apnea.

Yet many cases of sleep apnea in children go undiagnosed because its symptoms are often attributed to behavior problems, learning disabilities, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and other conditions. Without treatment, sleep apnea in children can lead to cognitive problems and an increased risk for severe health complications.

During sleep, a child who suffers from sleep apnea may:

  • Snore loudly and regularly
  • Experience regular pauses in breathing
  • Wake up gasping, snorting and short of breath
  • Be restless

During the day, a child with sleep apnea may:

  • Have difficulty staying awake
  • Experience morning headaches
  • Be irritable and aggressive
  • Have behavior or social problems
  • Have difficulty focusing on tasks such as schoolwork

Fortunately, advancements in dental sleep medicine have made it easier for qualified dentists and other medical professionals to diagnose and treat sleep apnea. Today, there are a number of safe and effective sleep apnea treatments for children and adults alike.

In addition to traditional treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices, there are a number of oral appliances that fit comfortably and allow you to maintain an open airflow.

If your child suffers from chronic snoring or other symptoms of sleep apnea, please contact IHateCPAP.com to locate an experienced sleep dentist near you.

posted by Anonymous at 1:42 PM