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Sleep Apnea Treatment For Better Health In Children And Adults
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Both adults and children can develop sleep apnea, a medical condition that can cause serious health problems. If you or your child stops breathing at night for periods of up to a minute or more, sleep apnea is most likely the cause. The condition can result in hundreds of episodes per night in more severe cases, with symptoms often going undiagnosed.
Sleep Apnea Causes
When you are asleep, the throat muscles naturally relax to a certain extent. For sufferers of sleep apnea, this can lead to a constriction of the airway. The tongue can also contribute to sleep apnea symptoms by dropping back and impeding normal breathing. Sleep disruption is a common side effect of sleep apnea, which lowers oxygen levels. If this condition is left untreated, it can lead to serious health complications.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
People who frequently snore are highly likely to also suffer from sleep apnea. Feeling lethargic after a full night’s sleep is another common warning sign. Other indications of sleep apnea may include choking during sleep, regularly waking up with a dry mouth, or being made aware of symptoms by a partner or family member.
Pediatric Sleep Apnea
Sleep deprivation resulting from sleep apnea can manifest in several ways. Compromised concentration, behavioral issues, an inability to focus, and poor school grades are often secondary effects of sleep apnea. The Healthy Start oral appliance is an effective treatment for sleep apnea that is suitable for children. This treatment method is recommended by Green Dental, as it results in the permanent expansion of the airway. Children will feel refreshed after a full night’s sleep and related symptoms will likely disappear.
Adult Sleep Apnea
Health complications such as high blood pressure and heart problems are closely linked to sleep apnea in adults. At Green Dental of Alexandria, Dr. Park can provide an oral appliance that is individualized to the patient’s specific needs. The appliance works by ensuring the lower jaw is held in a forward position, which keeps the airway open during sleep.
If you value your health and quality of life, seek intervention to eliminate sleep apnea symptoms with a free consultation at Green Dental. Contact us today to book your time with Dr. Hye Park.