A common misconception is that Sleep Disordered Breathing can only occur in adults. However, children are at risk as well. It’s important to take early intervention methods to ensure proper development of your child’s oral anatomy.
Signs and Symptoms
Does You Child Exhibit any of these symptoms?
- Restless Sleep
- Teeth Grinding during sleep
- Sleep walking or night terrors
- Mouth breathing (night or day)
- Bed Wetting (past the age of 5)
- Difficulty concentrating at school
- Grumpy disposition
- Aggressive behaviour
- Crowded teeth
- Large overbite or underbite
- Dark circles under the eyes
If your child exhibits one of more of these signs, they could be suffering from Sleep Apnea or Sleep Disordered Breathing. This can have permanent consequences on their growth and development if not addressed. Its common for these children to grow up to have adult sleep apnea and need life long management.
How can we help?
Dr. Andrea Ho-Fatt Wang is a general dentist with a special focus on treating sleep apnea and airway disorders in children and adults. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine – the highest credential that a dentist can receive in sleep medicine. She is a graduate of the Tufts University Pediatric Dental Sleep Medicine residency in Boston. She has extensive extra training in different types of Orthodontics (fixed braces and removable functional appliances), Myofunctional Therapy, and is a premier provider for Healthy Start, Myobrace and Invisalign.
Dr. Ho-Fatt Wang uses a variety of interceptive orthodontic techniques to expand dental arches and airways. She customizes treatment plans in collaboration with other health professionals to help cure SDB in children before they become adults.
Good quality sleep is so important for growing children. If they have any of these symptoms – have them screened for Sleep Disordered Breathing.
Call our office to set up a Sleep and Airway Consultation. (905) 471-2967.