Childhood sleep apnea is a pathology that affects more than 100,000 children in Spain. The syndrome known as obstructive sleep apnea causes those affected to lose their breathing for a few seconds during sleep, and snoring to occur. At first glance, it may seem normal, but it can have serious health consequences if not treated in time.
Dr. Romina Vignolo, director of the Boca a Boca Dental clinics , specialist in Orthodontics and Dentomaxillary Orthopedics and expert in treating this type of problem in the smallest, points out what are the main symptoms to be able to identify it:
- Expensive or interrupted breathing for 10 or more seconds
- Sleepiness during the day
- Difficulty concentrating
This syndrome usually causes breathing to be through the mouth rather than through the nose, something that is counterproductive to oral health. Its most direct effects on teeth are:
· Dry mouth
- Wear of teeth
Dr. Vignolo explains that OSA usually appears in children between one year and six years of age. It is important to detect symptoms early to avoid developing more serious problems such as arrhythmias, favoring hypertension and it can even influence growth.
“Dentists have become the first line of detection of sleep apnea ,” says the doctor. “When excessive wear is observed on the teeth for no apparent reason, it is a first indicator that there may be sleep apnea. The sooner it is detected, the sooner treatment is started and the health consequences will be less, “he concludes.
If you suspect that your child may have this disorder, it is recommended to go to the trusted dentist so that he can evaluate his case and establish if it really is an obstructive sleep apnea and start the necessary treatment .