Everybody knows that sleep is important. However, just because a person knows this doesn’t mean they won’t have any issues when it comes to sleeping. As a parent, you know that your child needs to get a good night’s rest. But they are displaying signs of restless sleep, as well as ADHD/ADD. This may be an indication that they are dealing with a condition called sleep disordered breathing. This means it is difficult for them to breathe properly while they are asleep.
The most common type of sleep disordered breathing is obstructive sleep apnea. When your child has obstructive sleep apnea, the airways are constantly getting blocked, and so they stop breathing while they are asleep. Some people will stop breathing for 10 seconds or more. And it is not uncommon for this to happen between 30 and 300 times every single night.
As you can imagine, having your child’s airway blocked limits the amount of air that can reach their lungs. As a result, you may find them snoring, choking and gagging as they fight to breathe. When the brain and body do not get enough oxygen, the survival mechanisms kick in and your child wakes up in a jolt. For some people, this happens only a couple of times a night, but for others, this happens hundreds of times a night. And what’s terrible about it is that they are not even aware this is happening.
If your child has sleep disordered breathing, consider seeking treatment at Ashburn Children’s Dentistry. We are proud to offer Healthy Start for children in this situation. This is a non-surgical and entirely natural approach to treating sleep disordered breathing in your little one.
In addition to helping with sleep disordered breathing, Healthy Start may also improve other symptoms that your child may be exhibiting, such as ADHD/ADD, stunted growth, allergies and swollen tonsils. This can significantly improve their quality of life.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of children as well as adults with sleep disordered breathing who have never been diagnosed. However, once they receive a diagnosis, they learn that their condition is manageable. Healthy Start treatment at Ashburn Children’s Dentistry is a promising solution. During a consultation with our dental team in Ashburn, you can learn more about how this treatment can work for your child. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!