Kids and Sleep Apnea


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It’s not fun when your kids have trouble sleeping. You’re both tired throughout the day, and it’s difficult to focus on getting things done. Sleep apnea can impact children in a variety of ways, from contributing to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other behavioral issues, to impacting development and growth.

Dr. Robin Khan can help you get your child back to sleep. Her unique training in nursing, sleep apnea and dentistry allows her to evaluate your child’s airways and oral development. Often, Dr. Khan can evaluate how shifting the teeth with orthodontics can improve their sleep. She can offer your kids a sleep apnea solution to prevent further health issues. Dr. Hoefs of Craniofacial Pain Center also consults with our pediatric cases to help your child improve air flow and resolve restless sleep patterns.

Here are some signs of sleep apnea for kids and ways Dr. Khan may treat it.

Sleep Apnea In Children

Signs of Kids With Sleep Apnea

According to the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), as many as 4 percent of children have sleep apnea, and one in every four children with ADHD may have a form of obstructive sleep apnea. These children are often between the ages of 2 and 8 and suffer from things like bed-wetting, sleepwalking, disruptive behavior and even problems with growth and metabolism.

Fortunately, there are multiple signs for children with sleep apnea. Here are some of the most common, according to an article in the National Journal of Maxillofacial Surgery:

  • Snoring and/or difficulty breathing during sleep
  • Chronic mouth breathing during sleep
  • Night sweats
  • Frequently changing sleep positions, or a preference to sleep upright
  • Tiredness or trouble paying attention during the day
  • Any other signs suggesting ADHD

If you’ve seen one or more of these signs in your child, it’s important to visit Dr. Khan today!

Treating Kids With Sleep Apnea

In the past, surgery was the standard solution for treating sleep apnea in children, but there are more options today. One of the most popular treatments is the use of oral appliances from the dentist.

Especially helpful in children six or older, these oral devices adjust the tongue or jaw to open up the airway and promote a more restful sleep. Since children are growing, these devices can be customized or adjusted multiple times. Overall, studies have shown an improved quality of life in children who use these oral devices.

Dr. Khan enjoys helping kids overcome sleep apnea and get back to sleep. She can work with you to ensure the best oral development your child needs to succeed.

Dr. Khan consults on sleep apnea cases with two local pulmonologists, Drs. Naresh Dewan and George Thommi. This helps protect your child’s heart health through quality sleep.