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Sleep Apnea Dentist in Park Ridge, IL – Snoring in Children

Snoring in Children

Those who suffer from sleep apnea do not get the quality sleep they need to function well and remain healthy. Sleep apnea is when our breathing is interrupted frequently throughout the night. This can be due to a physical obstruction, sleeping posture, allergies, etc. Often, those who have sleep apnea do not even know they have it, but a common symptom you can look out for is snoring.

Children can suffer from sleep apnea just like adults, and they can also snore as a result. In these cases, it is considered pediatric obstructive sleep apnea. Snoring occurs when something is blocking the child’s airflow, leading to noises caused by tissues coming into contact with one another.

Sleep apnea does not allow you to take in enough oxygen when you are sleeping and can have serious side effects. This condition can put a strain on your vital organs, which can take years off a person’s life. Sleep apnea can also cause weight problems, headaches, dizziness, grogginess during the day, hyperactivity, mouth breathing, nightmares, learning difficulties, behavioral problems, choking while you sleep, and more.

The Causes

When there is a physical blockage of the airway, this results in a lack of airflow. The obstruction may be caused by a number of different things, such as enlarged tonsils and adenoids, obesity, craniofacial anomalies, and neuromuscular disorders. Whatever the cause, when there is a lack of oxygen getting to the brain, it needs to be addressed.

Treatment Options

Depending on the reason for a child’s sleep apnea, there are several treatment options that may fit their needs. One common treatment option is a custom dental night-guard, which helps open the airway. Another option may be surgical removal of the tonsils, if enlarged tonsils are the cause of the breathing obstruction.

Beyond Smiles – Treatment for Sleep Apnea & Family Dental Care in Park Ridge, IL

If your child is snoring at night, or showing other signs of pediatric obstructive sleep apnea, Beyond Smiles will perform an evaluation to help determine the cause and recommend a treatment option.

Contact us at Beyond Smiles of Park Ridge today for expert advice from a sleep apnea dentist, and more information on obstructive breathing disorders.

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