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Posts for: March, 2013

At Parmar Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, two of the most important issues we deal with are establishing proper dental hygiene, care and routines for children, and treating sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. And now is the perfect time to address both of these topics at once.

Master Dental Sleep Physician Dr. Rashmi ParmarFirst, since National Children's Dental Health Month is still fresh in our minds, it offers a great opportunity to prioritize pediatric dental care and prevention. Second, our very own Dr. Rashmi Parmar has just been awarded with the special designation of Master Dental Sleep Physician, or MDSP, by the Elite Dental Institute. It was the first time that the honor was awarded, and Dr. Parmar was one of just three dentists to be recognized as an MDSP.

Understanding the prevalence, risks and symptoms of sleep apnea is key to being able to treat and manage this dangerous condition, and many adults carry misconceptions about its severity and how commonplace it is.

All told, an estimated 20 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea, and between 2 and 5 percent of all children may suffer from sleep apnea. It's not just an annoyance, either. It is a life-threatening problem, potentially leading to heart attack and stroke. In children, issues such as bed-wetting, sleep-walking, hormonal and metabolic problems and more can all be caused by sleep apnea.

Some children may complain about a problem falling or staying asleep, however, you should not wait for that to occur before taking action. For one thing, children as young as two years old could be suffering from sleep apnea, and will be unable to tell you about their issues.

Additionally, watching for sleep apnea warning signs could provide you with even more clues as to what's happening. A child may seem exhausted even after you thought they would have gotten proper rest, or could always be snoring, exhibiting a high level of tossing and turning during sleep, or having night sweats.

Our patients are our family at Parmar Dentistry, which is why we're dedicated to providing the information and resources required for education, as well as expert, caring treatment, always focused on preventative and non-invasive solutions when possible.

Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders in children can be a very serious health issue and risk. If you're concerned that your child may be suffering from sleep apnea or a related sleep disorder, don't hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 410.531.5639 to schedule an appointment or ask any questions.