Snoring and sleep apnea in children

        “Snoring is never normal “ in children especially if it is happening very frequently because it is a clear sign of child having trouble in breathing during the sleep resulting in disturbed or poor quality sleep. It is considered as a “modern day epidemic” as more and more children are suffering from snoring and mouth breathing arising out of modern food habits like processed foods, pollution and allergies etc. In the medical terminology it is called “Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB)” or “ Sleep Related Breathing Disorders (SRBD’s)”. While mouth breathing and snoring is an initial sign of “ Airway problems in children” , if left untreated leads to a more serious condition called “ Obstructive Sleep apnea “ where in a child chokes /gasps or stops breathing completely for few seconds in the sleep resulting in multiple health issues right in their early life. 

 As we all know breathing is vital for proper health and well-being of humans, a difficulty in breathing especially in children will cause much more serious issues in their physical , mental and emotional health as well as the distorted facial growth and jaw growth. Early identification and treatments is the key for better outcomes because children grow very rapidly from birth to 9 years of age. Catching and treating them early means as good as keeping them on the right growth track early in their life and laying a good foundation for future health. We suggest parents to observe for any of the following red flags in their children which are suggestive of airway problem in children.

sleep apnea

        Most the children who snore and mouth breath have some peculiar facial features like narrow jaws, irregular teeth , open mouth posture and tired under eyes. This is because an underdeveloped face and jaws along with open mouth might be a cause or a consequence for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea tin children. so, their treatment is also a combination of multiple specialties like Dentistry and ENT’s. An ENT surgeons who are trained in sleep Medicine will aim at blockages in the nose which are the reason behind the snoring and disturbed sleep, while a dentist who is trained in Dental Sleep medicine will aim at the correction of facial structures.



There are several advantages of dental sleep medicine as a treatment option for sleep-related breathing disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), including:


Oral appliances are comfortable to wear and are generally well-tolerated by patients.


Oral appliances are custom-fit to the individual patient's mouth, ensuring a comfortable and effective fit.

Reduce snoring

Oral appliances can also help reduce snoring, which can improve the sleep quality of bed partners.


Oral appliances have a high compliance rate as it is portable, comfortable and easy to use.


Dental sleep medicine can be less expensive than other treatment options such as surgery or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.


Dental sleep medicine is a non-invasive treatment option that does not require surgery or the use of a machine.

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santosh guptasantosh gupta
11:46 08 Nov 22
This is regarding my son's Tongue tie surgery (When we actually went for root canal treatment)Hi, I am Santosh and my wife Rohini. My Son Avijith (Five Year old) was suffering from cavities since an year. We went to nearby clinic first and they did half treatment and suggested to visit pediatric dentist. That is when my wife started searching internet and found "Childrens Dentistry" with positive reviews. So we visited Doctor Kranthi Garu.As soon as he spoke with my son and had a look at his teeth with all the deep cavities,Doctor informed that he has to perform four root canals and two fillings.Apart from this, he explained about how my son is suffering from tongue-tie.Because of tongue-tie, he was unable to clean his teeth with his tongue soon after eating.And we already noticed that my son was facing difficulties in pronouncing some words like letters "Da and Dha / Sa and Sha (Hindi)". But we thought that it was because of his small age but now we understood the problem and took a while to digest the news and little more time to share it with my parents and in-laws.Treatment:I was wondering how my son could bear the root canal for not one but four teeth.But, here are the things I liked.1. Ceiling has TV and they played the cartoons my kid wanted so that when he lie down, he can watch tv to deviate his focus from the treatment.2. Laughing gas inhale to make him comfortable and I immediately searched google to see if it is safe to inhale during treatment and "It's safe".3. Talking to my son, giving high five when my son was co-operating. Took his time to make my son comfortable and also multiple sittings.4. My son also supported well considering his age. We also took him to games after each and every sitting and he enjoyed eating ice creams after the treatment.5. We visited the clinic every couple of days because of multiple sittings.6. After all the dental treatments and just before dussehra holidays, we decided to go for surgery so that my son will have ample time to recover at home.Finally, the tongue tie laser surgery that took 1 hour (Including anesthesia, comforting my son, etc etc)7. My son suffered pain for next two days (He was silent when paracetamol was given)Current progress:1. Its been three weeks now. We are all happy with the outcome.2. We are continuing tongue exercises still. We clearly noticed the change in his pronunciation and tongue movements.3. We all started following good oral care practices.
Jayaprakash AndapallyJayaprakash Andapally
09:58 30 Sep 22
We visited Doctor kranthi Kumar for my 5 years kid who is suffering from cavities and tooth decay. We visited few doctors in Chennai but not so happy with the treatment plan they advised and misguided too. Usually my kid was not so supportive to any kind of treatment but doctor make him more comfortable and dealt with him in such a way to respond and support to the doctor. My kid loved the ambience and friendly nature of doctor and he happy to co-operate with the doctor during the entire treatment stages.Doctor explained the treatment plan well and so supportive to the questions we have. We visited this hospital multiple times and every times doctor has treated my son with good care. Thanks for the staff for their support.I am sure we will strongly recommend to my relatives and friends about this hospital.
sanjay kumarsanjay kumar
07:18 01 Sep 22
We made visit for our 6 yr old child's tooth ache and cavity. We were suggested to go for cavity filling and extraction of damaged tooth..the whole process was smoothly managed..hygiene and safety maintained at the clinic of top notch which is of prime importance dealing with oral care in the time of pandemic or otherwise also. Child was made very comfortable during the treatment process. Dr. Kranthi Kr Reddy has very good skill in pacifing the kid and making the kid very comfortable during the process. We thank you doctor for the whole process of treatment...The treatment is good and recommended for anyone looking for children dental need.
April L BurtchApril L Burtch
07:40 22 Nov 21
We had a great experience during our dental visit today. We brought in our nervous 5 year old. Doctor and staff made sure she was comfortable and happy, and the treatment recommended went quickly and smoothly! I highly recommend this clinic to anyone. They are very professional, clean, and most importantly very kind. Much better than any place I’ve been to in USA. Thank you all again
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