Sleep Apnea in Children
Although sleep apnea is typically associated with adults, there is no age limit. Children can also have sleep apnea. Enlarged tonsils and small structural features of the jaw, nose, mouth and throat may contribute to the problem. Some research indicates it may be a root cause of childhood behavior and attention problems.
Proper sleep is critical for proper growth and development. Pediatric sleep apnea is a prevalent but underdiagnosed condition. Dr. Rhea has completed training in dental sleep medicine, temporomandibular pain, as well as child development to meet the unique needs of young patients affected with sleep apnea and breathing problems. She is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and American Academy of Craniofacial Pain.
Conventional treatments for management of sleep apnea in adults are not suitable for children. CPAPs can interfere with normal development. Dr. Rhea utilizes custom-fit sleep appliances specially developed for young patients to address the specific needs of children and teenagers.