Sleep Apnea in Children

SIGNS

Snoring/Breathing noise
Bed-wetting
Circles Under Eyes
ADHD
Failure to Thrive
Poor Grades
Daytime Sleepiness

PROBLEMS

Poor Academics
Mouth Breathing
Moodiness/Socialization
Narrow Dental Arch
Longer Face
Crowded Teeth
Adult Sleep Apnea

SOLUTIONS

Food Selection
Functional Thearapy
Open Nasal Airway
MyoFunctional Thearpy
Orthodontics
Weight Loss
Tonsillectomy

 

Sleep Apnea is children is generally the result of tonsils and adenoids that are too big or a nose that does not work. Neither of these are dental conditions, but having these conditions lead to some astonishing and unfortunate dental results. It has been well documented in the medical literature that if the nasal airway is obstructed, either by a physical blockage or allergies, that a child will compensate by breathing through their mouth. Mouth breathing causes the cascade to flow. When a child breathes through their mouth, the tongue pushes down and forward on their lower teeth, this pushes the lower front teeth forward and the cheeks put pressure on the back teeth pushing them toward the middle. This further narrows the mouth, crowding the tongue and causing the roof of the mouth to push upward into the nose, making it even more difficult to breath through the nose. Breathing through the nose is how we are designed to breath. The nose is the carburetor of the body, cleaning, filtering, humidifying and warming the air that enters our lungs. The cascade can be stopped when an ENT and an Orthodontist work together to improve the airway and tongue position. The orthodontist can widen the dental arch where the teeth reside, which widens the space for the tongue, which allows air to flow behind the tongue. This often needs to take place early in life as a phase one orthodontic treatment. Our bodies know what they need. Seconds without air, days without water,
weeks without food all end the same way; our bodies will quickly try to solve whatever problem is presented to it. Unfortunately, it is not always without cost.