How Common is Children’s Sleep Apnea?

Although establishing healthful sleep habits is a challenge for all children and their parents, Alexandria cosmetic dentist Dr. Lawrence Singer urges parents to be aware of sleep apnea symptoms as kids are not immune from dealing with this common condition.

Sleep apnea also can contribute to or exacerbate other childhood health and development problems including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Up to four percent of kids between the ages of 2 and 8 suffer from sleep apnea, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. The condition is marked by frequent breathing disruptions during the night that cause the afflicted to wake.

While traditional medicine has yet to settle on a uniform strategy for diagnosing and treating childhood sleep apnea, a cosmetic dentist such as Dr. Singer at DC Smiles in Alexandra can survey the function and position of a child’s airway to determine whether his customized sleep apnea therapy would be appropriate.

Thanks to interdisciplinary training and a professional network that spans the Greater Washington, D.C. Area, Dr. Singer is also well-suited to offering second opinions on serious sleep apnea cases, and to surveying whether a child may benefit from a custom oral appliance.

When you need a cosmetic dentist who specializes in treating sleep apnea in children and adults, please contact DC smiles online or by telephone to schedule a consultation with Dr. Singer: (703) 299-4614 in Alexandria, Va. or (202) 455-4920 in Washington, D.C.

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