Pediatric sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which your child’s breathing is partially or fully blocked repeatedly during sleep. The condition is due to narrowing or blockage of the upper airway during sleep which can cause disruptive sleep. Studies have shown that children with sleep apnea are more likely to have behavioral problems, poor school performance and many other issues such as:
During sleep, sleep apnea symptoms may include:
Early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent complications that can affect children’s growth, cognitive development and behavior. Failure to diagnose and treat children with sleep apnea can result in serious but usually reversible problems which may include impaired growth, neurocognitive and behavioral dysfunction and cardiorespiratory failure. If your child consistently wakes up in the morning feeling tired and has behavioral problems make an appointment your doctor for proper diagnosis.
Image Orthodontics has expert knowledge in the diagnosis sleep apnea for children. We offer several options for early orthodontic treatment with non-surgical and non-invasive mouth expansion, straightening and uncrowding of the teeth that help expand the breathing airways to help promote normal breathing. Moreover, we have specialized in sleep apnea treatment without the need for a CPAP machine.