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Health Dangers for Children who have Untreated Sleep Apnea

Do you know a child who snores? Do you think it’s funny?
Or rather, heartbreaking?

“Watching a child struggle to get oxygen at night is one of the most heartbreaking things for one to witness,” writes Dr. Mayoor Patel, DDS, MS, RPSGT, D.ABDSM, DABCP, DABCDSM, DABOP, in Dental Sleep Practice ” Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) not only causes restless sleep in children, but can also lead to serious morbidities into adulthood. And not only are cardiovascular, metabolic, and endocrine problems linked to pediatric OSA, but OSA is also associated with behavioral and neurocognitive dysfunction…

It is time for parents to take charge of their child’s health now before OSA develops into more complicated conditions. In our practice, we use a special screening questionnaire for children and I have listed some of the most pertinent questions below:

While sleeping, does your child:

  • Snore?
  • Exhibit “heavy” or loud breathing?
  • Appear to struggle to breathe?

Does your child:

  • Tend to breathe through the mouth during the day?
  • Have a dry mouth on waking up in the morning?
  • Exhibit morning headaches?
  • Sometimes wet the bed?
  • Wake up feeling unrefreshed in the morning?
  • Appear to be sleepy during the day?
  • Appear to be easily distracted?
  • Have problems with tasks or school performance?”
  • Grind their teeth while sleeping?

If so, seek help from your child’s pediatrician, who can refer you to a pediatric sleep apnea specialist – the good news is, that children learn faster than adults, and can recover more easily. For more details on the five major health risks and complications of childhood apnea, and treatment options, read the article.

If you also suffer from these symptoms in the Portland and Beaverton area, Dr Keith Valachi can help you.

Stop Snoring, Sleep Better, and Live Longer!

The Dental Sleep Apnea Clinic can help you find relief from sleep apnea. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

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