Sleep Apnea: Are My Children At Risk?

Sleep apnea in children is more common than one might think.

In fact, a handful of recent studies have suggested that up to 25 percent of children who are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might also show signs of obstructive sleep apnea.

Looking For Some Good News? Something as small as a sleep apnea mouthpiece could make all the difference.

Because sleep apnea happens during the night, while others are asleep, it is easily missed and often goes misdiagnosed. Here are a few signs and symptoms to keep an eye out for.

Signs of Sleep Apnea in Children

  • excessive snoring
  • pauses in breathing while asleep
  • restlessness or tossing and turning at night

Why it Matters

While it is possible that your child will “grow out” of sleep apnea, there is also a possibility they won’t, and inadequate sleep can have a significant impact on the emotional and mental health of a child.

Research suggests that the presence of sleep apnea inhibits the brain’s executive functions, including cognitive ability, self-monitoring, ability to self-regulate, and organization. What does the mean for your child? Less success in school, in work, and at play.

Solutions for Improvement

As it turns out, recent research is suggesting that there is a link between dental problems and sleep apnea. That’s where Modern Dental comes in. By fixing dental irregularities, we hope to minimize sleep apnea in both children and adults. A sleep apnea mouthpiece could mean the difference between solid sleep and no sleep.

It’s in you and your child’s best interest to have their teeth, tonsils, and jaw evaluated by a professional trained in sleep, such as the doctors at Modern Dental. Considering treatment that improves their airway, through orthodontics, might be the best decision you make.

Educate yourself and your family about the signs of sleep apnea by downloading our “10 Step Sleep Apnea Self-Check.” And if you think you, or your children, suffer from sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with our Boise dental team and we’ll get you sorted out as quick as possible.

~ Modern Dental