Sleep Apnea in Children: Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options

Restful nights for your little ones

How important is a good night’s sleep for your child’s health and well-being? Adequate rest during the night is crucial for their physical growth, cognitive function, and emotional well-being. At Smiles on Hudson, we specialize in the early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of sleep apnea in children.

Sleep apnea in children can cause snoring, daytime fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and even hinder their academic performance. By addressing sleep apnea early on, we can help your child overcome these challenges and pave the way for a healthier and happier future.

We’re committed to delivering exceptional care and tailored solutions for your child. Whether oral appliances or lifestyle modifications, we work closely with you and your child to develop a comprehensive treatment strategy.

Is your child showing signs of sleep apnea? Recognizing the symptoms

Understanding the signs and knowing when to seek professional help is crucial for their health. So, how can you determine if your child has sleep apnea? Look out for the following common symptoms:

Loud and frequent snoring

While occasional snoring is common, persistent and loud snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea.

Pauses in breathing

Observe if your child experiences pauses in breathing during sleep. These pauses may be accompanied by gasping or choking sounds.

Restless sleep

Does your child toss and turn frequently during sleep? Sleep apnea can disrupt their sleep patterns, causing restlessness and frequent awakenings.

Excessive daytime sleepiness

Notice if your child appears excessively sleepy during the day, even after seemingly getting a whole night’s sleep. They may struggle to stay awake or have difficulty concentrating.

Behavioral changes

Keep an eye out for changes in your child’s behavior, such as irritability, mood swings, or difficulty with impulse control. Sleep apnea can impact their emotional well-being and behavior.

Mouth breathing

Pay attention to whether your child predominantly breathes through their mouth, especially during sleep. This can indicate obstructed nasal airways, a common factor in sleep apnea.

If you notice any of these symptoms persisting over an extended period, it’s crucial to act immediately. At Smiles on Hudson, we can help evaluate your child’s sleep patterns and provide a comprehensive assessment for sleep apnea. Early detection and appropriate treatment can significantly improve your child’s sleep quality and overall well-being.

Treating sleep apnea in children

At Smiles on Hudson, we offer treatments designed specifically for children with sleep apnea. We’re committed to providing comprehensive care to help your child breathe easier and enjoy restful nights.

Mandibular advancement device (MAD)

These custom-made devices are worn in the mouth and help to reposition the jaw and tongue, thereby opening up the airway and reducing the occurrence of apnea episodes. Oral appliances are comfortable, non-invasive, and can significantly improve sleep quality in children.

Lifestyle modifications 

Daily activities play a crucial role in managing sleep apnea in children. We offer recommendations on healthy lifestyle habits such as maintaining a balanced diet, promoting regular exercise, and ensuring a suitable sleep environment.

At Smiles on Hudson, we monitor each child’s progress, making necessary adjustments to treatment plans to ensure optimal results. We’re dedicated to providing ongoing support and guidance, helping children and their families navigate the journey toward better sleep and improved overall well-being.

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Your child’s good night’s sleep starts here!

If your child is struggling with sleep apnea, it’s essential to consult with one of our dentists to receive the best possible care. At Smiles on Hudson, we offer sleep apnea tests, diagnoses, and treatments. We can also guide your children on properly caring for their oral sleep appliance to ensure it remains effective and comfortable.

Call us at (914) 271-4726 or book online to explore the treatment options. Together, we can help your child breathe easier and enjoy the quality sleep they deserve.

From the time you walk in, you feel comfortable and welcomed. Dr. Gold explains in detail any procedure he’s going to do. I can’t say enough good things.

— Diane L.

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