Not at all; many of us understand that Orthodontic care can make a big difference in many people’s overall health. OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) and SDB (Sleep Disordered Breathing) have largely gone unrecognized in children but can have Serious implications. They can contribute to growth problems, failure to thrive, Asthma, Type 2 Diabetes, ADD, ADHD, Autism, Hypertension, Stroke and Cardiovascular Disease.
I recently presented on this topic to a large group of our North County Dental Professionals. It was a fun evening and a true passion of mine to help others in our wonderful profession find new ways we can help our children grow and thrive. I am a believer in early detection of OSA & SDB. My oldest son Jake was having trouble with his nighttime breathing and because of my exposure to this topic, I was able to evaluate him and in turn get him to the correct doctor. After having his adenoids out last summer, I have seen a marked improvement in the quality of his sleep and the rate of his growth.
As parents, we all have the best interest of our children as our number 1 priority. If you think your child may be suffering from OSA or SDB, here are some symptoms to look for:
- Daytime Symptoms suggestive of OSA/SDB
- Mouth breathing Hyperactivity
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Behavioral problems
- Hyponasal speech (“good mording” instead of “good morning”)
- School problems
- ADHD-like behaviors
- Night/Sleep Symptoms Suggestive of OSA/SDB
- Snoring Gasping Pauses in breathing
- Restless sleep
- Night-time sweating
- Night terrors or sleep walking
- Sleeping in unusual positions
- Enuresis (bed-wetting)
This issue certainly does not apply to all children but if you see these signs in your child, I would suggest that you find a professional you trust to gather more information and have them take a closer look.
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Dr. Christy Fortney
Address: 230 W. 3rd Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025
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