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Pediatric Sleep Apnea – Treatment for Sleep Apnea in Children – Foley, AL*

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About Pediatric Sleep Apnea

Pediatric Sleep Apnea (PSA), children 18 years or younger, is the complete obstruction of the airway where air is blocked for a minimum of 10 seconds – obstruction can last as long as 80 to 90 seconds. It is thought that 50% of children are mouth breathers (not healthy – nose breathing is healthy) and have sleep-disordered breathing. The most common symptom of PSA are enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Other characteristics of sleep disorders in children are:

  • Chronically enlarged tonsils and adenoids
  • Mouth breathing
  • Snoring
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Waking up with dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Complaints of being sleepy at school
  • Napping at school
  • Extremely chapped lips
  • Learning delays
  • Symptoms of attention deficit disorder
  • Bed wetting

If you have concerns that your child might have PSA, please contact our office in Foley, AL for an appointment with Dr. Todd. We also accept referral patients from other primary care physicians and dentists. Reach out to us by phone or our online consultation form on this website. We would be happy to meet you and your child for a consultation.

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Diagnosis

Treatment for PSA involves a collaborative effort between a medical professional, which can include:

  • Pediatricians
  • Sleep physicians
  • Neurologists
  • Allergists
  • Nutritionists
  • Orthodontists
  • Dentists (with a specialty in sleep medicine)
  • ENT

Each of these medical professionals can address and evaluate various factors that contribute to sleep and breathing issues. A sleep physician will usually refer a patient for an in-lab polysomnography (PSG) test or a home sleep test (HST) to make a proper diagnosis of PSA.

Treatment Options

One of the first lines of treatment your child's physician or dentist may recommend is the surgical removal of the tonsils and adenoids. Swollen, painful tonsils and adenoids can take up a lot of space in the back of the throat. If your child has frequent sore throats, this may also be an indication that the tonsils need to be eliminated. You may also take your child to an orthodontist for an examination of his or her jaw and bite. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or automatic positive airway pressure (APAP) machines are also available for children. We can provide treatment with oral appliance therapies and more at the recommendation of Dr. Todd.

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Take a Deep Breath

It is better to catch your child's sleep apnea sooner rather than later to avoid the damaging repercussions of not getting enough oxygen into his or her developing body. Let us help you and your family have more good nights with the proper treatment of pediatric sleep apnea. Treating PSA may help with many mental and physical aspects of your child's health. We can schedule your young one for an appointment (that is flexible with your schedule) at Gulf Coast Sleep Specialist. Consult with Dr. Todd at our child-friendly office in Foley, AL.

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