Sleep Apnea

Overview

Want to know if your child is showing signs of obstructive sleep apnea, possible treatment options, how it is diagnosed, and next steps to take if you think your child might have sleep apnea.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea, also spelled sleep apnoea, is a sleep disorder in which pauses in breathing or periods of shallow breathing during sleep occur more often than normal. Each pause can last for a few seconds to a few minutes and they happen many times a night. In the most common form, this follows loud snoring.

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Types of Sleep Apnea

This website details what sleep apnea is and the different types of sleep apnea, symptoms, treatments and other health outcomes. It also focuses on how sleep apnea is diagnosed in children. The webpage focuses specifically on sleep apnea in children but the website provides other pages with more information about different kinds of sleep apnea.

Resource for people of all ages

This website is a great resource for people of all ages looking to learn more about sleep apnea. It includes tabs for parents, kids, teens, and educators in order to provide a more personalized way of finding answers to their questions.

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Symptoms

Are you wondering if your child has sleep apnea? This website from the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Center offers a free quiz to take to assess your child's needs. There are additional resources on the website as well that can help you learn more.

Related Diseases

Down syndrome

Children who have Down syndrome are at a high risk for developing sleep apnea and this new technology could help treat their sleep apnea.

Asthma

Want to learn more about the relationship between sleep apnea and asthma? This Journal talks about how we can help avoid detrimental consequences if we look closer at the relationship between children with asthma and sleep apnea.

Childhood Obesity & Other Childhood Disorders

This study presents information about symptoms for obstructive sleep apnea and possible disorders associated with sleep apnea. Go here for more information

Solutions & Treatments

New Treatment Options

With increased research of sleep apnea many doctors and companies have created new treatment options as well as new apps that could help your sleep apnea.

CPAP machines

CPAP machines can be very helpful for people who suffer from sleep apnea, however, if you are looking for a solution other than a CPAP machine or you can’t get your child to use theirs these articles may be helpful.

Instructions for Parents’ Daily Care

If you’re looking for how to better care for your child with sleep apnea this article gives fantastic instructions. This article can help parents better understand their child’s sleep issues and find out where to get help.

New Technologies

Inspire

Read this article, to learn about Inspire, a pacemaker-like device implanted for obstructive sleep apnea, who it’s for, and the side effects. To learn additional information on the Inspire treatment which includes information on their clinical trials read this NBC article. To learn even more information and connect with a doctor this website can help you.

CPAP Alternatives

There are constantly being new technologies discovered and invented to help treat sleep apnea. Neuromodulation is a new technology that can help treat sleep apnea instead of a CPAP machine, to learn more read this article. To learn about another alternative, this article talks about a new pill that can be taken each night to help with sleep apnea if a CPAP machine isn’t working for your child.

ApnodMed

This article discusses ApnoMed, a new company that entered a start up competition where they won first prize. The company sells a device to correct obstructive sleep apnea without negative side effects associated with existing technologies.

Next Steps

  • If you are looking for next steps or a quiz to take as a parent of a child who might have sleep apnea this website will provide that information for you. Check it out to learn more about different steps to take in order to diagnose sleep apnea.

  • Childhood obesity and other childhood disorders can impact the likelihood that a child develops sleep apnea. This study presents information about symptoms for obstructive sleep apnea and possible disorders associated with sleep apnea. Go here for more information.