Dr. Shab Krish DDS, MS

Centre Director
Board Certified:
American Board of Craniofacial Pain
American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine

Sleep Apnea in Children

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Do You Know How Well Your Child is Sleeping?

Paediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea in Flower Mound Texas

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.

Pediatric Sleep Questionnaire:

While sleeping, does your child…

  • Snore?
  • Have “heavy” or loud breathing?
  • Have trouble breathing or struggle to breathe?
  • In the morning, bed sheets nicely placed or strewn all about the bed?
  • Wet the bed?

Does your child…

  • Tend to breathe through the mouth during the day? (open mouth while resting)
  • Have a dry mouth on waking up in the morning?
  • Have difficulty waking up in the morning?
  • Wake up with headaches?
  • Have difficulty concentrating, organizing tasks and activities?
  • Is easily distracted by extraneous stimuli?
  • Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat?
  • Have frequent infections?
  • ADD/ADHD diagnosis?

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.

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