You are probably aware that there is a strong connection between oral health and your overall health. But you may not know that the position of your jaw can have a dramatic impact on your ability to breath well, especially while sleeping. If you don’t wake up refreshed every day, you may be suffering from an undiagnosed sleep disorder. There are a number of factors that contribute to obstructive sleep apnea that the Kharsa Ortho-Dent team can help you understand and then treat. Our team of experts, led by Dr. Salwa Ismail, are uniquely qualified to evaluate and treat sleep-related issues. Sleep disorders are often ignored, which can lead to complications such as:
- Chronic daytime sleepiness
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Heartburn, reflux
- Morning headaches
Sleep Apnea Impacts Both Adults & Children
During the Night, a child with sleep apnea may:
- Snore loudly and on a regular basis
- Have pauses, gasps, and snorts and actually stop breathing.
- The snorts or gasps may waken them and disrupt their sleep.
- Be restless or sleep in abnormal positions with their head in unusual positions
- Sweat heavily during sleep
During the Day, a child with sleep apnea may:
- Have behavioral, school and social problems
- Be difficult to wake up
- Have headaches during the day, but especially in the morning
- Be irritable, agitated, aggressive, and cranky
- Be so sleepy during the day that they actually fall asleep or daydream
- Speak with a nasal voice and breathe regularly through the mouth
- Excessively sleepy children can present as either lethargic or hyperactive.