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Children’s Airway Health

children's airway health

At Lansdowne Dental Care in Lansdowne, VA, or dentists have experience in all areas of dentistry, including children’s dentistry and airway health (like sleep apnea treatment). Children’s airway health is a critical area in health that should be addressed and treated sooner than later to avoid future problems down the road. These can include long term sleep apnea, and the many risk factors associated with it. Learn what our dentists in Lansdowne can to do help your child who may be suffering from sleep apnea or other airway problems.

What Causes Children’s Airway Problems?

There are many contributing factors that make some children more susceptible to airway problems than others. Some of these factors include:

  • Being overweight
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Defect of mouth, throat or jaw structure
  • Features surrounding the airway are underdeveloped

Medical Symptoms of Airway Problems

  • Snoring
  • Oversize adenoids or tonsils
  • Wetting the bed
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Hyperactivity (ADHD)

Physical Symptoms

  • Gummy smile
  • Poor tongue posture
  • Crossbite
  • Poorly developed or small nostrils
  • Narrow and long face
  • Anterior open bite (open mouth posture)
  • Upper lip is short and turned up

Treatments for Children’s Airway Health

Depending on what is causing the airway obstruction, your physician may provide you with treatment that can include the removal of adenoids/tonsils, or provide treatment for allergies. Your physician may also refer the patient to a dentist, like ours at Lansdowne Dental Care, for myofunctional therapy or orthodontic treatment.

Why Should You Seek Treatment for Your Child?

Airway problems can lead to many more health problems like sleep apnea in adulthood that can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.  Another reason to seek treatment for your child is to help them avoid developing severe orthodontic issues like malocclusions which can be expensive and painful to treat in the future. In addition, if you seek treatment for your child, they will sleep better, feel more rested, and stop snoring and bedwetting. Avoid severe problems in the future by seeking treatment for your child today. Although our dentists cannot diagnose your child, on a physician can, we can provide treatment options such as myofunctional therapy or orthodontics.

For Children’s Airway Treatment, Contact Lansdowne Dental Care

If your child has been diagnosed with sleep apnea, or airway problems, contact our Lansdowne dental office for different child sleep apnea treatment options. We can be reached by calling 703-723-7810 or by filling out our online contact form. We can assist the whole family with everything from dental cleanings, to cosmetic dentistry and dental implants.

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