Early Detection May Add Years to Your Child’s Life; Learn More About Airway Screening for Children
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition that mainly impacts adults. However, research has shown that children can display warning signs that they will develop the disorder later in life.
OSA is a lot more dangerous than most people think. Beyond the most prominent symptom, snoring, people with OSA suffer from years of oxygen deprivation due to having dozens to hundreds of episodes per night in which they stop breathing. This cumulative oxygen deprivation can lead to many issues, such as fatigue and depression, but also long-term problems, like cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.
The good news for residents of Denver, Highlands Ranch, Morrison, and Lakewood, Colorado, is that Dr. Allison Brown of High Forest Dental offers a thorough pediatric airway assessment that can ensure your child has better airway health.
Airway Centric Dentistry and How It Can Help Your Child
Sleep apnea can be a severe medical condition affecting adults and children. It is characterized by abnormal breathing patterns such as snoring, shallow breathing, or breathlessness.
Such disruptions can lead to long-term health issues, including diabetes and heart disease. Other signs of sleep apnea in children include restlessness at night, nasal congestion, bad breath, bed wetting, morning headaches, and behavioral and concentration issues in school (ADHD). It is essential to seek medical attention if you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or your child.
At High Forest Dental, Dr. Brown and her team are dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of our young patients. During each dental visit, we take the time to evaluate the TMJ, head and neck muscles, mouth opening, tongue, teeth, throat, and tonsils.
We also look for signs indicating potential airway or sleep-disordered breathing issues, such as TMJ pain. Clenching/grinding, large adenoids or tonsils, bite problems, open mouth posture, narrow palate, gum disease, cavities, and dry mouth. If any of these signs are present, we will ask questions about your child’s quality of sleep and any symptoms they may have experienced.
Healthier Sleep Begins with Early Care
Your child’s sleep is vital to their quality of life now and into adulthood. It’s essential to have your child assessed for sleep apnea symptoms early to treat the condition before it leads to more severe issues. Call High Forest Dental at (303) 951-3717 to schedule your child’s evaluation with Dr. Brown today. We are located at 8246 W Bowles Ave Suite S, Littleton, CO.