A good night’s sleep is essential for growth and development in children. Unfortunately, pediatric obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing during sleep is interrupted, may cause difficulties during rest.
Read on to learn more about signs and treatment to ensure that your child gets a healthy night’s sleep.
Signs and Symptoms
While sleep apnea also occurs in adults, some symptoms may be different in children. Signs of pediatric obstructive sleep apnea may include:
- Restlessness when sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating, behavioral issues, or tiredness during the day
- Periods of paused breathing
- Mouth breathing
Several factors may lead to a higher risk of pediatric obstructive sleep apnea, including:
- Enlarged tonsils and adenoids that may block the airway (Most common cause)
- Down syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Family history of sleep apnea
- Obesity or low birth weight
Treatment Option: Vivos
Because pediatric sleep apnea may lead to growth complications and other health issues, it is crucial to seek treatment as soon as possible. Thankfully, at The Art of Dentistry & Spa, we proudly offer The Vivos System to eligible patients.
Vivos is a biometric device created and customized for your child. Your child will be directed to wear the device while sleeping for anywhere between 12 – 24 months. The dentist will continue to monitor and make necessary adjustments throughout treatment.
The Vivos System not only helps your child have a better night’s sleep, but also provides additional health benefits, such as:
- Better breathing
- A wider upper arch
- Larger airway
- Straighter teeth
- Improved focus and concentration
To learn more about Vivos and schedule your child’s appointment, please call us at (732) 846-7100 or request an appointment on our website. We look forward to helping!