Sleep Apnea and Snoring in Children

At Dream Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in Newnan, Georgia, we understand that your child's health and well-being are your top priorities. One area of concern for many parents is sleep apnea and snoring in children. These conditions can significantly impact your child's overall health, development, and quality of life.

Our specialized team is here to help diagnose, treat, and manage these issues with the utmost care and expertise.

Understanding Sleep Apnea and Snoring in Children

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. In children, this condition is often caused by enlarged tonsils or adenoids, obesity, or other underlying health issues. Snoring, while common, can also be a sign of sleep disordered breathing if it is loud and persistent. Children with sleep apnea may experience disrupted sleep, leading to daytime fatigue, behavioral problems, difficulty concentrating, and poor academic performance.

Symptoms to Watch For

Parents should be aware of the common signs of sleep apnea and snoring in children, including:

  • Loud, habitual snoring
  • Pauses in breathing during sleep
  • Gasping or choking during sleep
  • Restless sleep or frequent awakenings
  • Night sweats
  • Bedwetting
  • Daytime sleepiness or hyperactivity
  • Difficulty paying attention

Our Comprehensive Approach to Treatment

At Dream Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we take a comprehensive approach to diagnose and treat sleep apnea and snoring in children. Our team will conduct a thorough evaluation, which may include a detailed medical history, physical examination, and possibly a sleep study. Based on the findings, we will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your child's specific needs.

Treatment options may include:

  • Lifestyle changes, such as weight management and improving sleep hygiene
  • Referral to ENT for evaluation of tonsils and adenoids
  • Palatal expander to enlarge the nasal airway (RPE)

Orthodontic treatments to address structural issues in the airway

Our goal is to ensure that your child enjoys restful, restorative sleep and leads a healthy, active life. If you have concerns about your child's sleep patterns or suspect sleep apnea, don't hesitate to contact Dream Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. We're here to help your child dream big and sleep soundly.