Dental Sleep Blog

Children vs. Adults with Sleep Apnea: Signs and Symptoms

Posted May 18, 2018 by inboundMed in children with OSA, adults with sleep apnea

Many adults are familiar with sleep apnea, a condition that causes people to stop breathing momentarily during sleep, often multiple times per hour and hundreds (if not thousands) of times per night.

 

You may not have apnea yourself, but you probably know someone who does; about 22 million American adults are estimated to have this condition. Sleep apnea is dangerous over the long term, contributing to heart disease and stroke risk, cognitive problems, and daytime fatigue. Exhaustion from untreated apnea can cause workplace and vehicular accidents and can trigger or worsen the severity of depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders and mental illness.

 

Sleep apnea is less prevalent in children than adults, but still a pressing concern. According to studies cited by the American Sleep Apnea Association, up to 4% of children ages 8 and under may have sleep apnea. Cases of pediatric apnea are important to detect and treat because children are susceptible to all the same health problems as adults with apnea—as well as additional dangers, such as growth and developmental problems and symptoms of ADHD.

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ADHD and Sleep Apnea: Causes and Reasons

Posted May 12, 2018 by inboundMed in children with OSA, ADHD

ADHD – You’ve probably heard of it.  Your child, or children you know, might have been diagnosed with ADHD.  What does that mean, and what connection does it have to breathing during sleep?

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Enuresis (Bedwetting) in Children with Sleep Disordered Breathing

Posted May 07, 2018 by inboundMed in children with OSA, bedwetting

An estimated two million children struggle with staying dry during the night. This nocturnal bedwetting (enuresis) can be highly distressing and embarrassing for children and their families, especially as kids reach the age where they want to attend sleepovers or sleepaway camp.

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What to Do if Your Child Is a Mouth Breather (Causes and Implications)

Is your child regularly sleeping with his or her mouth open? Maybe they’re even breathing through the mouth rather than the nose when awake during the day. Perhaps you’re not sure, or are assuming or hoping that the situation is temporary or that your child will grow out of it.

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Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) in Kids: Why it’s a Problem

Posted April 27, 2018 by inboundMed in children with OSA, sleep disordered breathing in children

Sleep disordered breathing (SDB) and sleep related breathing disorders (SRBD) are terms used to describe disruptions of normal breathing during sleep. These disruptions can range from snoring to severe, long pauses in breathing (called apnea events) during the night.

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Sleep Apnea in Children: Prevention & Treatment

Posted April 25, 2018 by inboundMed in children with OSA

Good quality sleep is not optional. All of us need enough sleep to thrive—and the sleep needs to be high quality and restorative. Infants and children especially need plenty of shuteye in order to stay healthy and to develop healthy bodies and brains. During primary sleep at night, a child needs to be proceeding through all the phases of each sleep cycle: 1, 2, 3, and REM.

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What is Dental Sleep Medicine? (Dentist Roles, Therapies, and Process)

Posted April 19, 2018 by inboundMed in dental sleep medicine

If your sleep specialist has advised that you speak with a dentist who is board certified to practice dental sleep medicine, you probably have questions. Maybe you want to know, what is dental sleep medicine?

 

What are the credentials that a dentist needs to practice dental sleep medicine? What exactly does dental sleep medicine look like?

 

Furthermore: how can a dentist play a role in improving your sleep?

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Sleep Apnea in Children: What Is It? (Signs, Symptoms, & Risk Factors)

Posted April 17, 2018 by inboundMed in children with OSA

Is your child sleeping with their head tilted back, squeaking when inhaling, or gasping or making choking noises during sleep? Is she or he experiencing daytime hyperactivity or difficulty concentrating at school? Are their grades slipping? Do they seem moody or restless?

If any of these signs sound familiar, it’s possible your child has undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Pediatric sleep apnea can look different than sleep apnea in adults because children are not just “little adults.” During the developmental stages, their bodies are different than ours. Therefore, so are some of the signs and symptoms of pediatric obstructive sleep apnea.

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Myofunctional Therapy for Sleep Apnea: Indications, Uses, and Benefits

Posted April 12, 2018 by inboundMed in children with OSA, myofunctional therapy

 

Does your child snore? Has he or she been diagnosed with sleep-disordered breathing or mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea? If so, you may have heard your pediatrician or sleep expert mention a form of physical therapy called myofunctional therapy

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Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece (Oral Appliance) vs CPAP: Pros and Cons

Posted April 11, 2018 by inboundMed in oral appliance, sleep apnea mouthpiece, cpap problems

Oral appliances made by licensed sleep medicine dentists are now approved as a first-line therapy for treating mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

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