Pediatric Sleep Disorders
We provide care for all types of children and young adults, and particularly those with neurodevelopmental disabilities or behavioral disorders who also have difficulties with sleep. Sleep problems include:
Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS)
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)
Restless Legs Syndrome.
Nighttime Sleep Behaviors/Parasomnias.
Research suggests that children require an average of 9 to 10 hours of sleep each night
More than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea
It is conservatively estimated that 10 million Americans with sleep apnea remain undiagnosed
For people suffering with untreated sleep apnea, their sleep is disrupted up to hundreds of times each night, causing daytime fatigue, sleepiness, and irritability
People who snore have a higher rate of heart disease
Children who frequently snore or have OSA are more likely to have learning problems in school and behavioral problems such as ADHD
Mouth breathing or bed wetting in children are red flags for sleep-disordered breathing
Treatment of pediatric OSA can reverse symptoms of daytime fatigue or hyperactivity, sleep disturbance, poor concentration, and behavioral problems
For OSA in children, the most common treatment options are adenotonsillectomy (T&A) and maxillomandibular expansion by orthodontic treatment