Healthy Sleep in Children

Is your child getting quality sleep?

Sleep is essential for your child’s growth and health.

Your child may not be getting enough sleep or adequate sleep if he or she exhibits these behaviors:

  • DIFFICULTY GETTING UP IN THE MORNING
  • CLENCHING / GRINDING TEETH
  • SNORING
  • MOUTH BREATHING
  • RESTLESS SLEEP
  • FALLING ASLEEP AT SCHOOL OR IN CAR ON WAY HOME FROM SCHOOL
  • ACTING OUT/ HYPERACTIVITY/DIFFICULTY PAYING ATTENTION

*If oxygen levels are not adequate at night, children can experience:

  • poor performance in school
  • being medicated unnecessarily for ADHD
  • not growing in height to potential
  • an inability to maintain a healthy weight
  • prolonged bedwetting
  • night sweats/terrors
  • sleep walking/talking

  *Risk factors of Sleep Disorders to be aware of:

  • Having enlarged tonsils or adenoids
  • Being overweight
  • Having caffeine, chocolate, or high sugar in diet

The Doctors of Lake District Family Dentistry may recommend one of the following:

  • An airway assessment to evaluate if your child may have enlarged tonsils or adenoids which can obstruct proper passage of oxygen while sleeping
  • Eliminating certain foods or drinks that may cause allergies/inflammation of the airway causes an obstruction
  • Opening your child’s bite to allow for proper breathing and tongue position
  • Placing an appliance to help develop the arch sizes for proper tongue space
  • Therapy to learn proper tongue positioning
  • Referral to Sleep Specialist

If you think your child may have sleep issues, please talk to one of our Doctors today!