Millions of people in the United States are living with sleep apnea every day, many undiagnosed. One reason a percentage of these sleep apnea cases go undiagnosed is that many don’t realize is that sleep apnea can affect children too, not just adults. They often attribute symptoms to other health problems or call it “growing pains”. While it’s rare, it’s absolutely possible that your child may be suffering from sleep apnea.

It’s important to recognize the symptoms, so our Wright Parkway Dental team has put together a quick roundup to share so as a parent, you can help look out for your child if they may be experiencing sleep apnea.

Pediatric Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Pediatric sleep apnea symptoms can be very difficult to pinpoint as they do commonly coincide with typical scenarios common during childhood. However, when multiple symptoms add up or are impacting their mood, that’s when it could be a good time to bring them for further testing.

  • Snoring
  • Sleepwalking
  • Coughing or choking while sleeping
  • Mouth breathing while sleeping
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Tiredness and fatigue during the day
  • Irritability
  • Bedwetting
  • Sleep talking or nightmares
  • Overly emotional

What To Do if Your Child Has Sleep Apnea Symptoms

If your child is experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms, or especially a combination of symptoms, it’s important to take them to a specialist to get diagnosed. Once diagnosed, our Wright Parkway Dental team will be ready to help with effective treatment options for your little one so they can grow up healthy and strong with restful sleep.

Keep Your Child Healthy with Help From Wright Parkway Dental

At Wright Parkway Dental Center’s Fort Walton Beach office, we focus on holistic dental treatment for all ages. Sleep apnea is very common and we are able to help with simple treatment options for both children and adults. Call us now at (850) 243-1534 to make an appointment to discuss sleep apnea treatment for your child!


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