why does my kid sleep with his mouth open

why does my kid sleep with his mouth openMiami and Coral Gables, FL

Does your child sleep with his or hers mouth open or loudly snore while sleeping? If so, your child may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Most people associate OSA with older adults or adults who are overweight, but OSA can strike even young children as well. Under normal circumstances, children should not be mouth breathers, especially while sleeping. If this sounds like your child, read further.

OSA results from a restricted airway, meaning air is not able to pass through the airway properly, which interrupts sleep. Sometimes OSA in children is caused by an improper positioning of the mandibular (lower) jaw or by enlarged tissue of the adenoids or tonsils. The goal in treating OSA is to open the airway, allowing for proper airflow. Ignoring your child’s OSA causes health and behavioral issues both now and later in life.

Symptoms commonly associated in children with OSA include mouth breathing during the night, restlessness while sleeping, sleeping in unusual positions and episodes of choking or gasping for air while sleeping. Also, waking up during the night for unknown reasons, and age-inappropriate bed wetting. Some children who suffer from OSA begin to exhibit behavioral and even cognitive issues from a lack of adequate sleep. Behavioral issues include poor focus, crankiness, and hyperactivity. Your child may also perform poorly in school or sports. If you find that your child exhibits any of these symptoms, consider a sleep study for your child.

To diagnose OSA, your child can undergo a sleep study that records their sleep patterns. The dentists at Miami Designer Smiles help diagnose and treat OSA in children. OSA is treated differently for each patient, which is why a consultation is important. In some children, wearing a repositioning device while sleeping helps to open their airway, providing them with proper airflow. However, some children may require surgery to remove the enlarged tissue of the adenoids or tonsils. Sleep is a crucial component for your child’s development. If you believe your child suffers from OSA, do not delay. Call Miami Designer Smiles for a consultation. We welcome patients of the Miami and Coral Gables, Florida areas.

what it means when your child snores

what it means when your child snoresMiami and Coral Gables, FL

Children should not snore when they sleep. During bouts of sickness, snoring may be normal, but if your child snores more than four consecutive nights they should undergo a sleep test and here is why.

Snoring is one of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In other words, your child’s airway is restricted from adequate airflow. This means their little body is being robbed of oxygen that it needs to function, grow, and thrive. When a child is not receiving proper airflow, the child is likely to exhibit symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder).

OSA affects children differently than adults. Instead of feeling sluggish during the day, children are more likely to become hyperactive, have trouble concentrating, perform poorly in school, and experience moodiness. This is only a short list of health-related symptoms that your child may experience. Others include depression, daytime fatigue, cognitive dysfunctions, memory loss, and social interaction problems. So, if you have been told your child has ADHD, consider your child’s sleeping patterns and quality of sleep that could be to blame for their behavior. A simple sleep study can determine whether or not your child suffers from OSA.

Snoring is not the only sign of OSA in children. Does your child grind their teeth at night? This is referred to as bruxism and is typically related to stress. How could a child be stressed? It is simple; they are not getting enough sleep! Your child may not even realize they are experiencing stress related symptoms or anxiousness. This is why a sleep study is so important for your child’s growth and development.

Early intervention is key when it comes to your child’s OSA disorder. In a recent study of more than 11,000 children, it was determined that children that snored or breathed through their mouth while sleeping exhibited signs of hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, and anxiety. This study took place over a span of six years and began when the children were only six months of age. These children were 50 to 90 percent more likely to develop symptoms related to ADHD than children who breathed normally. By age 2 ½, children with OSA had the highest risk of developing behavior disorders such as hyperactivity. The study was conclusive in that early intervention is key.

Even more startling is the link between OSA and dementia. The early stages of Alzheimer’s disease are known as dementia. A key indicator of dementia is a buildup of the protein amyloid in the brain. In a study conducted using mice, in which their oxygen levels were decreased, results showed a buildup of amyloid in their brain. This is startling! What if the prevention to Alzheimer’s was a better night’s sleep?

With simple diagnosis and treatment, why risk it? At Miami Designer Smiles, we not only diagnosis OSA but help treat it as well. To schedule a simple, at-home sleep test for your child, contact Miami Designer Smiles today. We welcome patients of Miami and Coral Gables, Florida.

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Your middle of the night trips to the bathroom may seem like a bit of a routine by now. At this point, you may even feel like getting up throughout the night to pee is what is holding you back from a restful nights’ sleep, but it does not have to be this way. Instead of consulting with a urologist, consider a consultation with a sleep apnea specialist, such as the dentist. That is right, a sleep apnea disorder could be the cause of your frequent awakenings to urinate and the dentist can help.

In an ideal world, you would not wake up even once at night to urinate, but it is normal for people to wake up at least once to use the bathroom. If you are getting up at night to urinate more than once, this could be a sign of an underlying health condition, such as sleep apnea. Frequent urges to urinate during the night are referred to as nocturia. Studies have shown that in both men and women, awakening at night to urinate appear to be linked to poor quality of sleep, even while considering other factors such as pain or medical conditions. Even more so, nocturia is the most common factor related to poor quality of sleep among the elderly.

For years, physicians and patients alike have associated nocturia to enlarged prostate, hormones, overactive bladder, older age, or even medications. However, studies have shown that as we age, we have an increased risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea. Even stranger is that women are ten times more likely to develop sleep apnea during menopause. Sleep apnea is characterized by temporary pauses in breathing while asleep. These pauses in breathing cause fragmented sleep, lower blood oxygen levels and causes nocturia, all of which disrupt your sleep. Sleep apnea should not be ignored as it can lead to more adverse health conditions such as increased risk of stroke, heart attack, diabetes, and depression. With today’s advancements, even your dentist can help in diagnosing and treating sleep apnea.

Here are some symptoms to look out for in determining whether or not you may suffer from sleep apnea. Loud snoring, daytime fatigue, insomnia, loud gasping or choking sounds while sleeping, dry mouth, headaches, concentration issues, or even mood problems are only some symptoms associated with sleep apnea. Despite these symptoms, a sleep test is the most definitive way of determining whether or not you have sleep apnea, and your dentist can help!

At Miami Designer Smiles, we specialize in diagnosing and treating sleep apnea disorders. We can easily conduct a sleep study to determine whether or not you suffer from sleep apnea. Why delay another day? Our team of dentists can take special steps in treating your sleep apnea with simple, easy methods of treatment. Allow us to help you be on your way to a peaceful nights’ sleep. Contact Miami Designer Smiles today for a consultation. We welcome patients of the Miami and Coral Gables, FL areas.

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Everything hurts on my face. TMJ and the trigeminal nerve.

The face, head, and neck are home to a plethora of nerves, muscles, and blood veins. Many Americans suffer from pain in their jaws that lead to many other ailments throughout their body. In fact, research proves that nearly 30 percent of the body’s nerves pass near the jaw joint, known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). If the TMJ is not functioning properly, you may experience pain throughout your body. Sadly, physicians often misdiagnosis and treat this type of pain, only treating the symptoms and not the source of the pain.

Did you know that your jaw joint could be what is causing you pain?

Disorders associated with the jaw joint are referred to as temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). Symptoms associated with TMD include discomfort or tension in the jaw, or even clicking and popping sounds while biting. Sometimes, TMD sufferers even experience headaches as severe as migraines.

The trigeminal nerve is a major nerve of the head that runs from the jaw to the brain steam. If the jaw joint is out of alignment or not functioning properly, the trigeminal nerve may become affected, causing pain to radiate from the jaw to the head. Common symptoms of TMJ include pain while chewing or biting, headaches, earaches, and facial pain. Some sufferers even experience pain that radiates into their back.

What causes TMJ disorder? Sometimes, TMJ disorders occur from injuries, age, an uneven bite, or clenching one’s teeth due to tension and stress, which all put a strain on the jaw joint. The strain on the jaw joints may affect the trigeminal nerve, causing pain or discomfort in the face, ears, or head. Teeth that are missing, broken, chipped, or crooked can cause an uneven bite. Repairing damaged or missing teeth is a major component of maintaining an even bite, which can relieve pain from your TMJ disorder.

If you experience pain in the jaw, face, or neck, contact Miami Designer Smiles. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders. We can also provide treatment to relieve you of pain associated with your TMJ disorder. Do not live in pain, contact Miami Designer Smiles today for a consultation. We welcome patients of the Coral Gables and Miami, FL areas.

what happens to my body when i lose sleep

what happens to my body when i lose sleepMiami and Coral Gables FL

You may think a late nighter here and there, or a little bit of missed sleep is not a big deal, but even after one night of losing sleep your body takes a toll. Over time, skimping by on fewer than six hours of sleep a night can begin to wreak havoc on your body, including increasing your risk for other health related diseases. So, what happens to the body when you lose sleep?

After losing sleep for one night, you already put yourself at risk of having an accident. You are more likely to get sick and catch a cold, plus losing sleep tends to affect one’s appetite, causing you to eat more than usual. You are more likely to become emotional or moody. Worse yet, brain tissue is altered after losing only one night of sleep! Already, the effects of losing just one night of sleep sound pretty bad, but how does it all stack up when you lose sleep night after night?

A new study conducted by researchers in the U.K. found that after one week of receiving less than six hours of sleep a night a person experiences changes in more than 700 genes! Sadly, more than half of Americans do not get the recommended seven or more hours of sleep a night. After a while, losing sleep each night adds up, and so do the devastating effects it has on your body.

After continuous nights of losing sleep, you are at a higher risk for certain types of cancers and your risk of stroke quadruples. Inadequate amounts of sleep are linked to obesity and a decreased sperm count. Plus, losing sleep increases your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and even causes an early death.

Losing sleep is serious business and should not be ignored. Your health depends on a good night’s sleep. Inadequate sleep is often linked to sleep disorders. If you believe you suffer from a sleep disorder, contact Miami Designer Smiles. We specialize in treating sleep disorders to help you on the road to a peaceful nights’ sleep. Miami Designer Smiles welcomes patients of the Miami and Coral Gables, FL areas.