Could My Kid Have Child Sleep Apnea?

Child sleep apnea is a destructive health condition that robs a child of rejuvenating rest. Most often caused by obstruction of the airways during sleep, this condition distresses the body on emotional, cognitive, and physical levels. Researchers have linked sleep apnea to a number of conditions including cardiovascular irregularities, depression, stroke, and hypertension.

Fortunately, there are solutions for treating sleep apnea provided by our oral surgeon. A child sleep apnea specialist, our oral surgeon can help patients of all ages, including children, regain the ability to sleep restfully and reduce the risk for conditions associated with this sleep disorder.

How does child sleep apnea cause sleep deprivation in a child?

Children with child sleep apnea stop breathing for short periods of time during the night. This cessation of breath is caused by airways being obstructed by soft oral tissues or nasal abnormalities. For example, a deviated septum or excessive throat tissue can block a patient’s ability to breathe properly.

When the patient stops breathing, the brain will send signals to wake the patient slightly so that breathing is resumed. The constant cycle of breathing cessation and slight wakefulness prevents a patient from progressing through the different stages of sleep and achieving deep rest. Patients with untreated sleep apnea often experience constant fatigue, memory loss, and irritability.

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What causes sleep apnea in childhood?

Sleep apnea among children and teenagers is normally the result of an abnormality of the nasal or oral airways. Common causes include improperly positioned jaws and nasal polyps along with excessive tissue of the tongue, palate, or uvula.

What are symptoms of sleep apnea?

If you are worried a member of your family has sleep apnea, look for signs such as loud snoring, gasping for air, and constant sleepiness. Sleep apnea can negatively affect professional and academic performance, too.

If I suspect a family member has sleep apnea, what should I do?

If you or your children show signs of sleep apnea, you should schedule a sleep study and an appointment with our oral surgeon. The results of the sleep study will determine whether a patient has sleep apnea and an examination with our doctor can help determine the root cause of this condition.

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Larry Wolford’s office using our online contact form or call 214-828-9115.


Get To Know Dr. Larry M. Wolford, DMD

Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral Maxillofacial Jaw Surgeon | Larry M. Wolford, DMD
Dr. Larry M. Wolford
The Leading Maxillofacial Revision Surgeon in the World

Dr. Larry M. Wolford, known as a caring and compassionate doctor, surgeon, researcher, lecturer, inventor, is renowned globally as a leading innovator in TMJ (jaw joint) surgery, orthognathic “corrective jaw” surgery, and maxillofacial revision surgery. He has completed many thousands of successful surgeries and is the most recognized, awarded, and referred Maxillofacial surgeon in the World.

Dr. Wolford’s patients travel to Dallas, Tx from all over the world. He has received recognition from his esteemed surgeon colleagues in the form of numerous awards, honors, Who’s Who in the World, and voted one of the leading Maxillofacial Surgeons in the world. Dr. Wolford has tirelessly shared his knowledge, surgical inventions, and expertise with other surgeons having trained hundreds of other surgeons through various fellowships at Baylor and Texas A&M.

Dr. Wolford is the recognized expert in his field as seen on numerous media outlets and by his long list of Google 5 Star reviews. Other oral surgeons, dentists, maxillofacial surgeons regularly refer their most difficult patients to Dr. Wolford because of his superior knowledge, capabilities, and life-changing results.

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Larry M. Wolford, DMD

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Dr. Larry Wolford has over 40 years of complex surgical experience

65% of his practice are patients referred from all over the USA and other countries

Developed many innovative procedures that are the current jaw surgical techniques

Listens to the patient and answers questions with care and compassionate