Sleep Breathing and Airway

Click below to download our Sleep Disordered Breathing handout to learn more.

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Click below to download our Pediatric Sleep Screening Questionnaire.

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What is Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB)?

Common signs and symptoms associated with SDB:

  • Difficulty in school
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Delayed or stunted growth
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Dark circles under eyes
  • Bed wetting
  • Asthma
  • Mouth breathing/snoring
  • Chronic allergies
  • Restless sleep
  • Swollen adenoids/tonsils
  • Nightmares
  • Tooth grinding
  • Frequently wakes up at night
  • Digit sucking
  • Daytime Drowsiness
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

How does Sleep Disordered Breathing cause these issues?

  • Mouth breathing reduces air flow and oxygen and increases CO2.
  • Unlike nasal breathing, mouth breathing fails to warm, filter and humidify air or release nitric oxide (NO), which kills dust mites and helps prevent inflammation.
  • Most prominent symptoms are waking up during the night, restless sleep talking, and easily or frequently falling asleep watching tv or on car rides.
  • Affects the brain by reducing REM sleep, lessens toxin removal, and reduces daytime electrochemical transmission between brain cells.
  • Affects memory, judgement, attention, awareness, and alertness, causing poor school performance, attention deficit, speech issues and depression/anxiety.
  • Affects the immune system by increasing allergies, infections, illnesses, middle ear infections, eczema and asthma.

Interesting Facts

  • Children 6-9 years old with <10 hrs sleep were 1.5-2.5x more likely to be obese.
  • 3 consecutive nights of 4-5 hrs of sleep can cause irreversible brain cell damage.
  • Antibody levels increase 56% for each additional hour of sleep.
  • 1 night of incomplete sleep can affect endocrine and immune systems.
  • 90% of the brain is developed in the first 5 years of life, so don’t delay having your child thoroughly evaluated for SDB.

What should I do if I think my child has sleep-disordered breathing?

  • Identify and partner with a multi-disciplinary treatment team with leading expertise in pediatric sleep-disordered breathing
  • Have comprehensive evaluation
  • Review planned treatment, alternatives, risks, expectations, and other questions
  • Begin treatment with the multi-disciplinary team

To schedule your child for a sleep/airway/tongue tie consult, contact Dr. Brynn Leroux:

(225) 924-6622

What can I expect in a comprehensive exam?

  • Pediatric sleep screening and complete medical history review
  • Soft tissue evaluation, including lip and tongue tie
  • Caries risk assessment
  • Patient & parent education
  • Discussion of appropriate oral appliances that could include but are not limited to: oral habit appliances, myo munchee appliance, or orthodontics
  • Potential referral to appropriate therapist and/or orthodontist
  • Potential referral to ENT surgeon for further airway evaluation
  • Collaboration with current medical team