Kids & Sleep Apnea

Did you know kids can have sleep apnea? It’s more common than most parents think and can have life-long health consequences if not treated early. That's why Dr. Paquette is so excited about the way orthodontic treatment can play a major role in treating obstructive sleep apnea and other airway related issues; in patients of all ages, but especially in the way it helps kids.

Morning crankiness or behavioral problems at school are often a clue that your child may be struggling with a sleep disorder; long narrow faces may indicate sleep deprivation, and a bluish hue under the eyes can be a sign of allergies or oxygen deprivation. Aside from behavioral and attention problems, sleep deprivation can also increase the risk of obesity and other health risk factors.

Dr. Paquette is a leading expert in the growth, guidance and treatment of facial development and its influences in airway, sleep, pain and orthodontic conditions. Information specific to your child is covered in a complimentary, initial consultation nd may help you make healthier choices for your children that will last for the rest of their lives.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea in Children and Adolescents

• Hyperactivity
• Poor concentration (sometimes diagnosed as ADD/ADHD by mistake)
• Developmental delays
• Hypo-nasal quality to their voice
• Noisy breathing
• Obesity
• Frequent upper airway infections
• Earaches
• Bedwetting
• Nocturnal mouth breathing
• Snoring
• Restlessness
• Sleep Nightmares
• Headaches
• Chronic nose running

If you've noticed your child snoring or any of the other symptoms described above and would like to know more, be sure to schedule an evaluation today. Hopefully, no treatment will be needed, but if it is, finding out sooner rather than later is a very good idea.