Snoring and sleep apnoea in children is very serious as it affects their growth and development significantly.
A child should have no apnoeic event in sleep and should be as quiet as a mouse, otherwise there is resistance. This significantly affects their behaviour and their ability to attend. They should be checked for adenoid and tonsil enlargement by an ENT. The nasal passage should be clear of mucus and inflammation, but most importantly the child should breathe with their lips together, night and day.
What we do at Good Health Holistic Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Clinic is:
•Take a proper history and clinical records.
•Take a 3-D x-ray to analyse the size and shape of the airway.
•Have the patient do an initial 15 channel home sleep study. This gives us a base reading.
•If after all this there are signs of snoring or mild to moderate apnoea then appropriate measures are suggested re-establish proper airway size and regulated breathing.
•A titrated mandibular advancement splint may be suggested.
•A proper upper and lower jaw relationship can also be established by full adult Holistic Orthodontics.
•The establishment of lips together breathing during the night is mandatory.
•An explanation of hidden hyperventilation is given and if needed a course of breathing retraining is offered.
•After several months a new sleep study is taken to monitor the effectiveness of treatment.