Sleep Apnea Treatment
What is Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Sleep apnea is a serious nighttime disorder that can affect your child’s breathing. Sleep apnea can be caused by your child’s weight, orthodontic problems as well as breathing conditions, like asthma. The result involves short cessations in your child’s breathing throughout the night, which causes them to wake up. We offer a convenient treatment option that involves your child wearing an oral appliance to keep the upper airway open while they sleep.
Why would Sleep Apnea Treatment be needed?
The reason sleep apnea treatment might be needed is because your child is suffering from this condition. For mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea, a simple oral device is often sufficient enough to treat the condition. If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can cause a number of different health-related problems for your child. This is why it is essential that you consider adequate treatment for them.
Who is a candidate for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
To determine if your child is a candidate for sleep apnea treatment, we can perform an exam and take x-rays. We will go over any sleep study findings that they have to determine if this treatment option is right for them. Most children who have sleep apnea can benefit from having these oral devices made. It is important that they commit to wearing the device each day in order for it to work effectively.
What happens during Sleep Apnea Treatment?
We will begin by taking impressions of your child’s teeth. These impressions are then used to craft a custom made oral appliance. This appliance is then fitted and adjusted to their mouth as needed. It is important that they wear the device every night so that it can actually help in treating their sleep apnea. The device works by opening the upper airway, making it easier for your child to breathe while they sleep. The device should last for many years, and it can be replaced easily as it shows signs of wear.
If you would like to come into our office to consult with us about your child’s sleep apnea treatment, call us today to schedule an appointment.