Approximately 42 Million American adults have Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). And 75% of adults with SDB are undiagnosed!
Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) describes a number of breathing disorders also known as AIRWAY PROBLEMS!
One example is: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
OSA affects more men than women, people with obesity, those with hypertension, excessive alcohol use, smokers, upper airway or facial abnormalities, and CHILDREN!.
Morning headaches, forgetfulness, moodiness, waking up tired, depression, restless sleep, loud or chronic snoring.
Sleep apnea can lead to serious health issues over time including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, weight gain, and dementia!
For more information, you can read this article by Karen Wuertz DDS
CHILDREN AND SLEEP DISORDERED BREATHING:
The ignored epidemic!
Red Flags for Sleep Disordered Breathing
in CHILDREN include:
Waking multiple times
Dark circles under eyes
This ASHA article has a good story for information about sleep disordered breathing in children.
"One of the tongue's biggest roles is to grow the midface and to do this, it MUST rest on the palate. For those who mouth breathe, the tongue must drop to the floor of the mouth and then the snowball effect of problems begins!
If you are concerned and would like more information, please contact our office at (336) 350-9263.