child sleep disorders

child sleep disordersMaryville, Alcoa and Knoxville TN

Have you ever paid attention to the way your child breathes while he or she is sleeping? Sleep breathing disorders have become a silent epidemic among children in the United States. Read on to educate yourself as to the warning signs of a sleep breathing disorder in your child, the possible consequences, and how Cedar Street Family Dentistry can treat sleep disorders in children in Knoxville.

9 out of 10 Children in the U.S. exhibit symptoms of a sleep breathing disorder

A sleep breathing disorder refers to any condition that makes it more difficult to breathe during sleep as a result of a narrow or restricted airway. The spectrum of sleep breathing disorders includes snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome, and more serious issues such as obstructive sleep apnea.

Diagnosing a sleep breathing disorder in a child can be difficult

This is because there is a wider range of possible symptoms in children. Symptoms can vary to such a great degree that the disorder often might be misdiagnosed as another issue. For example, children suffering from sleep apnea often exhibit symptoms that mimic a hyperactivity disorder such as ADD or ADHD. If a child is misdiagnosed with ADD or ADHD, then traditional remedies such as medication and behavioral counseling will not correct the problem. In fact, because the actual root cause that is the sleep breathing disorder is not being addressed, the problem only will get worse with time.

Educate yourself to the warning signs of a sleep breathing disorder in children

Watch for any of these issues in your child:

  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Bed-wetting
  • Snoring
  • Mouth breathing
  • Nightmares
  • Restless sleep
  • Lack of focus
  • Poor performance at school
  • Chronic allergies
  • Irritability or unexplained mood swings
  • Frequent headaches, especially first thing in the morning
  • Enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids

Early treatment is key

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition. Ignoring it is the worst thing you can do. You must seek the care of a medical professional who has specialized training and skills to treat the disorder. Severe, untreated sleep apnea only compounds the health problems as time passes, eventually raising the risk of life-threatening diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and even certain forms of cancer or death.

Sleep apnea treatment in Maryville

Sleep apnea dentistry is a growing specialization of the field that provides relief for sleep apnea patients by treating the root of the problem—the airway issue that is precipitating attacks. If your child is showing any combination of the above symptoms, schedule an airway evaluation with a sleep apnea dentist. The earlier the airway problem is detected, the better. And, believe it or not, but even young children and babies can develop a sleep breathing disorder. The potential consequences are too serious to ignore! Call (865) 233-7640 to learn more about sleep apnea, its treatment, and how your child can live a healthier life and breathe better.

Cedar Street Family Dentistry welcomes patients of all ages from Alcoa, Knoxville, and Maryville, TN.