Children with OSA often fall asleep in class; present more often with behavioural problems and may struggle with their grades. Research has also shown that kids with sleep apnoea suffer from physical brain changes.
Children with OSA often present with skeletal contributing factors such as:
Please bring your child for an assessment as early as 7 years old, which is the age recommended by the American Association of Orthodontics. Timing is important because successful outcomes require correct diagnosis and correct treatment implemented at the right age.
Other common causes of airway obstruction in a young child are enlarged tonsils and adenoids, sometimes with infections. Allergic rhinitis with inflammation of the soft tissues of the airway can also contribute to OSA. Therefore, as a specialist orthodontic clinic, we not only treat a child’s face, jaw and teeth but also work with specialist paediatric doctors and ENT specialists to manage soft tissue factors of OSA.