Sleep Apnea

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
  • Stroke
  • Heartburn, reflux
  • Morning headaches
  • Depression

  • 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.