Snoring, Sleep Apnea, and Your Child: We Can Help!
If your child snores and you fear that Sleep Apnea may be on the horizon, we understand your concern. Bear in mind, however, that children are tricky to diagnose at home for a number of reasons. First, they’re not very good at interpreting their own symptoms. Second, parents often use computer checklists to confirm their suspicions; and while internet-based checklists are helpful to a point, they’re not always the best foundation for understanding what’s going on with your child.
The Good News
The good news is that snoring (even loud snoring) is not necessarily a sign of anything untoward. According to the National Sleep Foundation, many children snore from time to time, and a full 10% snore every night. Only if your child shows secondary symptoms (such as gasping breaths between snores, chronic headaches, and obvious signs of sleep deprivations) should you consider active steps.
Even better, a Sleep Apnea can be treated–often quite simply.
While not all causes of Sleep Apnea can be treated by an orthodontist, many of them can. If your child’s Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialist has recommended braces, expanders, or any other dental therapies, we can help.
The Next Step
If your child has recently been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, you might be feeling overwhelmed. Here at Big Bend Orthodontics, we are well prepared to help you face this new challenge. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you might have.
We would be happy to schedule a consultation to discuss your particular situation and make a plan to start treatment as soon as possible.
We look forward to hearing from you.