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Paediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is not a disorder limited to adults; it can affect otherwise healthy children with symptoms presenting at an early age. Though symptoms may be milder than Adult OSA, if a child has always had symptoms, he/she may not even realize that it is not normal to have pain in their jaws, frequent headaches, or difficulty breathing; it is possible they have NEVER slept well and do not know how it feels to have a restful night of sleep.

Children’s Signs and Symptoms May Include:

  • Snoring & mouth breathing
  • Restlessness & odd sleep positions
  • Bed wetting
  • Night Terrors
  • Headaches
  • Teeth grinding

Children with undiagnosed OSA are frequently misdiagnosed as having ADHD and placed on unnecessary medications.

How Well Is Your Child Sleeping?

Millions of children suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea remain untreated and misdiagnosed. Connor Deegan is just one example of how Pediatric Sleep Apnea can manifest itself:

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The body requires oxygen to fully develop and rejuvenate, furthermore, growth hormones are released during deep sleep, and therefore it is imperative that children can breathe properly. When left untreated, sleep apnea can result in severe complications including:

  • Delayed development
  • Impaired intelligence
  • Dysfunctions of the nervous system
  • Memory loss and depression

Sleep apnea can also result in behavioral issues related to:

  • Decreased performance in school/learning problems
  • Hyperactivity
  • Aggressiveness
  • Social isolation and withdrawal

It is extremely common for children with OSA to be misdiagnosed as having ADD/ADHD and other behavioral/learning difficulties.

Sleep Apnea in Children Can Be CURED!

Early detection means an easier treatment with better results. Because children are still growing, their skeletal structure can be directed to develop in a way that will not block the airway. The optimum time to treat children is from ages one to five because 80% of anterior posterior growth of the head, neck, and airway takes place during this time. If we can begin treatment before this anatomy is done growing, we can actually direct the structural growth to prevent TMD and sleep apnea.

We work with you to create a treatment plan and custom design appliances which develop the jaw, open the nasal and oral airway, and correct the position of the teeth and skeletal symmetry.

Proper facial and airway development will not only ensure that your child avoids suffering now but will also prevent numerous health problems later in life such as hypertension, obesity, and heart disease. Your child’s quality of life is worth taking a preventative approach by having your child evaluated from an early age and regularly throughout their development.

Testimonials

Dr. Krish was extremely helpful in overcoming my sleep apnea. The oral device she created for me has almost eliminated my snoring entirely and allows me to sleep restfully each night. My chronic afternoon drowsiness is gone, and I have energy all day. Dr. Krish’s assistants Elvira and Shelby are friendly, competent and professional. I highly recommend Dr. Krish and her team. by Aaron G.
I have had such a wonderful experience starting day one. Dr. Krish and the staff are very friendly and try to accommodate your every need. Dr. Krish and the staff were able to walk me through every part of my treatment plan so that I understood everything clearly. I've enjoyed being treated by Dr. krish and can say I will miss her and the staff once my treatment plan is complete! by Gabby I.
I used to wake up constantly with headaches and occasionally had migraines. Dr. Krish recommended a night appliance for me to wear at night to prevent me from grinding my teeth. My jaw has not hurt since the treatment started and I have not had one headache or migraine. I greatly appreciate all that Dr. Krish has done for me to relieve me of pain. by Khelia G.

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