What Is Kids Sleep-Disordered Breathing?
Kids sleep-disordered breathing is a general term for breathing problems experienced during sleep. When a child’s breathing is disrupted during sleep, the body reacts as though the child is choking. The child’s heart rate increases and blood pressure rises as the child wakes. This can happen frequently throughout the night leading to consistently poor sleep and other associated issues. Your child’s sleep-disordered breathing can range from loud snoring to sleep apnea (temporary cessation of breathing while asleep or resting).
How Is Kids Sleep-Disordered Breathing Treated?
Each case is different, so your child’s treatment will depend on the causes and severity of their sleep-disordered breathing. To alleviate your child’s breathing problems, schedule an appointment with Dr. Friedman. Our orthodontist will perform a thorough examination to get to the root of your child’s issues.
Some cases can be treated with oral appliances that reposition the jaw to promote normal breathing. If needed, your child’s breathing can also be improved by opening the airway via orthopedic treatment. This can help improve a child’s breathing for their entire life, preventing sleep and breathing problems like obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a life-threatening disease where a person is not able to breathe at certain times during the night. The risk of developing this disease increases with some types of jaw discrepancies, age, and weight.