Funny Face Expression With Open Mouth Of Blonde Caucasian Three Years Old Child Sleeping On King Bed

Sleep Disorders and Children

Sleep disordered breathing in children ranges in severity from mouth breathing to snoring to different degrees of airway obstruction. Sleep disordered breathing impacts a child’s ability to obtain the proper amount of oxygen and the proper amount of REM sleep, which are essential for the proper function of the brain, endocrine, and immune systems.

When a child’s snoring or labored breathing is caused by the vibration of the airway against swollen tonsils or adenoids, a consultation with an ear, nose, and throat doctor is appropriate.

When a child’s snoring or labored breathing is caused by a narrow palate or by stunted development of the jaws and nasal cavity, functional orthodontic treatment is indicated. A functional orthodontic appliance can reshape and develop a cavity, promote nasal breathing, facial structures, and optimize airflow.

Common signs and symptoms associated with sleep disordered breathing in children include:

  • loud snoring
  • mouth breathing
  • sleeping in an abnormal position (extended head and neck with mouth open)
  • breathing stops for periods of 2 or more seconds, followed by choking, gasping, or waking up
  • enlarged tonsils or adenoids
  • sweating at night
  • sleeping restlessly
  • grinding his/her teeth
  • bedwetting
  • nightmares