We talk a lot about sleep apnea - but for a good reason! The seriousness of sleep apnea is often underrated, especially for children, as many parents think their child will just 'grow out of it.' Unfortunately, the reality is that leaving sleep apnea untreated leaves affected children at risk of severe and potentially lifelong side effects. These dangers are exactly why we think treating sleep apnea as soon as possible is critical. If you're noticing the signs of sleep apnea or other sleep disorder in your child, it's time to call Legends Dental.

Why Is Treating Sleep Apnea Important?

Treating sleep apnea early is crucial because it can help prevent the development of severe and potentially lifelong consequences for your child's brain and overall health.

Here's why: Sleep apnea prevents the body from reaching the third stage of NREM sleep. This level of sleep is essential because it is where growth hormones are regulated. When your child's body does not reach this level, your child doesn't get the growth hormone they need and will not grow as they should. The result is that many children living with sleep apnea or other sleep disorders are frequently smaller than their peers.

In addition to growth problems, when the body is under stress caused by sleep disorders, it cannot regulate blood sugar, which leaves your child at risk of developing diabetes. Other consequences include high blood pressure, a greater risk of obesity and being overweight, and a higher chance of stroke.

Sleep Disorders and the Brain

Not only is the body affected by sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, but these conditions also can lead to developmental deficits in children. These issues include difficulty learning new skills, problems with making decisions and memory loss.

The prefrontal cortex of the brain can also be impacted, which means that your child's reasoning, ability to process information, and problem-solving capabilities can be impaired.

Sleep apnea and other types of sleep and breathing disorders can lead to speech impairment and language acquisition problems as well.

Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea can also cause behavioral problems, including:

  • Depression
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Aggression
  • Anger/outbursts
  • Hyperactivity
  • Lack of focus
  • Learning disorders
  • Cognition issues
  • Socialization problems

Another consequence of sleep apnea that is not talked about frequently is nighttime bedwetting. In many cases, children living with untreated sleep apnea can wet their bed into adolescence - which can be both frustrating and embarrassing. Has your child been diagnosed with a sleep disorder or sleep apnea? It's time to give Legends Dental a call today at 254-294-4040.

Covid-19

A NOTE TO OUR PATIENTS

The well-being of our patients has always been our top priority!

Legends Dental is following the recommendations of Governor Abbott, Texas State Dental Board, ADA, as well as the CDC. We will be limiting our services effective immediately. Due to recent circumstances and for the safety and well-being of our patients, their families, and our community, we will not be performing any routine or non-urgent dental procedures at this time.

Though our office hours have been temporarily shortened, our team will continue to support anyone who may be experiencing pain and all who require an Emergency Care Visit.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or having pain, please text our office at (254)776-0691 or call (254)799-9540 so we may get you scheduled as quickly as possible. You can also message us on Facebook.

Examples of urgent dental care treatments include:
Severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation. Surgical postoperative osteitis or dry socket dressing changes. Abscess or localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling. Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma. Dental treatment cementation if the temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gingival irritation. Extensive decay or defective restorations causing pain; suture removal; denture adjustments or repairs when function impeded; and snipping or adjustments of an orthodontic wire causing pain.

Additionally, our team is here to help those affected by cancellations. We will gladly assist with rescheduling to a time that is best for you. If you have an appointment that may be affected, or would like to reschedule regardless, please call (254)799-9540 or text (254)776-0691 so we may accommodate you.

We love all our patients and look forward to being able to serve all of your dental needs as soon as possible!! Thank you for you time and understanding during these circumstances.