Though sleep apnea is commonly considered an issue for adults, children can suffer from it as well. Quality sleep is important for all people, but especially for children as their brains develop, and as they grow and mature. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when the tongue and soft palate collapse to the back of the throat while sleeping. This blocks the flow of air, which causes the brain to wake the person up to breathe. With severe cases of OSA, this process can happen around 300 times per night, which deprives the person of any and all quality sleep.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
The most noticeable symptom is often loud snoring. Other symptoms include making choking noises while asleep, stopping breathing entirely, dry mouth, nightmares, dry or sore throat, headaches in the morning, mood swings, or weight gain. If you notice these symptoms in your child, and have concerns about their sleep, call Tiny Teeth today so we can discuss what is going on and begin working toward a solution. Sleep apnea causes extreme fatigue and interrupts the vital function of sleep. Continue reading for some solutions to sleep apnea.
What can you do to help?
There are a few common solutions to sleep apnea, the most popular one being the use of a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine uses a mask that your child would wear all night that keeps the oxygen flowing so they can sleep peacefully. Another solution would be an oral mouthpiece that alters the way your child holds their mouth while sleeping to create an uninterrupted flow of oxygen throughout the night. This mouthpiece will be custom made by Dr. Pagé, and will fit your child’s mouth and needs perfectly. The use of an oral appliance has multiple benefits such as the following:
- Treatment is simple and easy to use
- Treatment is covered by most insurances
- Comfortable to wear
- Easy to travel with
- Better sleep
- Improved daytime functioning
- Less snoring
At Tiny Teeth of Dublin, we are dedicated to finding the right solution and diagnosis for each individual child. If you believe your child is suffering from sleep apnea, call us to discuss some options to get your child to sleep peacefully through the entire night.