Addressing Sleep Apnea in Children
Sleep apnea in children can cause serious health issues, developmental delays, and behavioral changes that resemble the symptoms of chronic attention-deficit disorders. Consequently, many parents misinterpret these symptoms and expose their children to unnecessary medication rather than seeking sleep apnea therapy.
Dr. Todd Fincher has partnered with HealthyStart™ to provide therapy for children suffering from sleep disorders and improve their quality of life. Dr. Fincher is one of the only dentists in Greenwood, MS, Columbus, and the surrounding areas offering this non-invasive treatment.
Does My Child have Sleep Apnea?
Because sleep apnea is the result of a constricted airway, it can not only cause immediate unrest but also impact attention span and behavior. As a result, many parents misidentify the cause as ADD or ADHD and seek out medication instead of non-invasive, therapeutic sleep apnea treatment.
Parents should keep an eye out for:
- Heavy mouth breathing
- Chronically runny nose
- Dark circles under their eyes
- Poor performance in school
- Depression or moodiness
Unfortunately, unless you monitor your child's sleep, it is easy to miss certain symptoms. Consequently, reaching out for a professional's opinion may pinpoint the cause more quickly and accurately.