Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a form of sleep disorder starts when blocked airways cause low levels of oxygen, known as Hypoxia.
Hypoxia interrupts breathing patterns (apnea) and results in a broad range of chronic illnesses such as diabetes insulin resistance, hypertension, heart problems, stroke and full body changes.
Snoring is often a cry for help, not just an embarrassing sound.
Snoring is a clear signal that an airway is blocked.
One of the reasons can be an underdeveloped, small upper jaw can results in small airways easily blocked during the sleep when lower jaw drops back, pulling tongue with it and compresses the throat tissue can result in chocking a sleeping child hundreds times a night.
Normal sleep is disturbed when a person gasps and struggles to resume breathing.
In children younger than five years, symptoms of Sleep Apnea include breathing from the mouth, sweating, restlessness and waking up frequently during the night.
Children older than five tend to experience hyperactivity, poor academic performance, hostility, bedwetting, slow growth, short attention span and may sleep in unusual positions (sitting up, legs crossed or slumped over a pillow).
Snoring has been found to be a predictor of poor school performance.
A study compared childhood snoring at 2 to 6 years of age to school performance at 13 to 14 years of age found children with lower performance in middle school were more likely to have snored during childhood.
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued guidelines in 2002 in attempt to diagnose and manage children with OSA Syndrome.
All children are to be screened for snoring.
Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) syndrome Screening Quiz
If your child have any of the following symptoms?
- continuous loud snoring
- episodes of not breathing at night (apnea)
- failure to thrive (weight loss or gain)
- chronic mouth breathing
- enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids (frequent sore throat infections)
- problems sleeping, bed wetting, restless sleep, including sleep walking
- excessive daytime sleepiness
- frequent headaches
- daytime cognitive and behaviour problems, including problem with concentration, aggressive behaviour and hyperactivity, which can lead to problems at school.
If any of these points sound familiar contact your Dentist or FJO Dentist.
If you would like to watch videos:
Dr Nina Shapiro on The Doctors: Childhood snoring can lead to behavioural problems.