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Snoring in Kids and Sleep Apnea: What Parents Need to Know

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If you've ever heard your child snore, you may have wondered if it's anything to worry about. In most cases, childhood snoring is nothing to be concerned about. However, it can be a sign of a more serious condition called sleep apnea in some cases.

What Is Sleep Apnea? 


Sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep. This can happen multiple times throughout the night and lead to difficulty sleeping, fatigue, and other health problems.

What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea in Kids? 

Snoring in kids is often the first sign of sleep apnea. If your child snores frequently or loudly, it's essential to talk to a doctor about the possibility of sleep apnea. However, other symptoms may be present as well. These include:

  • Gasping or choking during sleep
  • Restless sleeping
  • Nightmares or night terrors
  • Bedwetting

Risk Factors 

Some children may be at risk for sleep apnea more than others. Some of the risk factors for sleep apnea include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having large tonsils or adenoids
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Nasal congestion

Treating Sleep Apnea in Kids 

If your child snores or has any of the other sleep apnea symptoms, it's important to see a doctor. Sleep apnea can be treated with several different methods, depending on the severity of the condition. These include:

  • CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy
  • Oral appliance therapy

With proper diagnosis and treatment, most kids with sleep apnea can get the rest they need and avoid any long-term health consequences. Talk to us today if you think your child may have sleep apnea.

Sweet Dreams for Your Child

Do you think your child might have sleep apnea? With safe oral appliance therapy for kids, you can help them finally get a good night's sleep.

For more information on treating sleep apnea in kids, contact Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics today. Please visit our website or call us at (425) 332-6279. We would be happy to answer any of your questions. 

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