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Obstructive sleep apnea in children is something to be taken seriously. It's a growing trend that we're on the watch for at Parmar Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, and here, we'll tell you more about what obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is, why it's dangerous, and much more.

OSA in children blocks airflow into the lungs, and disrupts normal breathing patterns during sleep. This of course leads directly to problems such as children being exhausted during the day despite how much sleep they had gotten, as well as poor performance in school.

However, obstructive sleep apnea can also lead to many serious conditions. A children's growth can be affected, as well as their mental and physical development. Obstructive sleep apnea can also lead to high blood pressure, increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, headaches, fatigue, ADD and ADHD symptoms, and more.

Causes and Treatments of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children

OSA in children may be caused by a variety of different factors. This includes obesity, enlarged tonsils or adenoids, family history, genetic syndromes, asthma and allergies, and more.

As a parent, you will not be able to self-diagnose a child with sleep apnea. But you can see the warning signs, including frequent and loud snoring, breathing pauses during a child's sleep, breathing with mouth open both while sleeping and while awake, and more, including the above warning signs of tiredness, personality changes, poor performance in school, and so forth.

At Parmar Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we'll begin by screening your child and potentially referring to get a sleep study. Depending on the results, a variety of treatments may be recommended, surgical procedures to remove the tonsils and adenoids which obstructs the airway, dental care needing expansion of jaws, weight loss, sleep position adjustments, allergy or asthma treatments and CPAP machines. Call us today at 410-531-5639 and we'll be happy to answer your questions about obstructive sleep apnea in children or schedule an appointment to begin an evaluation.   

Dentists can be the answer people are looking for when presented with cpap machines and sleep apnea. View our video testimonials or, read about how a dentist can help with sleep apnea here.