Recently, I had the opportunity to watch a video online called: “Questions to Screen Children for Airway Dysfunction and Sleep Issues”. The video was presented by Dr. Rouse, whom I really enjoyed listening to.
Sleep is very important, as children require approximately 10-12 hours a night, adolescents 9 hours, and adults 6-8 hours. I am sure we’ve all noticed that after a good night sleep we’re able to make better decisions. Dr. Rouse experienced these issues first hand with his son at a very young age.
Below is some information that I have compiled:
Functions of Sleep:
- Fatigue reversal
- Biochemical refreshment
- Immune function
- Psychological well-being
In addition, breathing is the keystone of facial growth and development.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Does your child have trouble going to bed or falling asleep?
- Awaken during the night and have trouble returning to sleep?
- Do they tend to breathe through their mouth during the day or during sleep?
- Dry mouth or bad breath when waking up in the morning?
- Have you noticed in your child while sleeping:
- Snores, has heavy or loud breathing
- Has breaks or pauses in their breathing
- Gags, chokes or struggles to breathe
- Has restless or agitated sleep, grinds their teeth
- Has abnormal head postures
- Excessively sweats
- Wets the bed
If you have answered yes to any of these questions or have any concerns, we are ready to help you in any way that we can or direct you to a physician.
Braeside Dental Centre