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At Washington Airway & Wellness Center we treat every patient like a member of the family. If you are suffering from sleep apnea, don’t struggle through another sleepless night. Dr. Phillips provides customized treatment plans that will help you breathe and sleep better. From oral appliances to state-of-the-art laser treatment for snoring and sleep apnea, our Washington DC dentist is dedicated to helping you get the great night’s sleep you deserve. Protect your health today and schedule an appointment at Washington Airway & Wellness Center.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
While several different types of sleep apnea exist, the most common form is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). When a patient with this disorder sleeps, their throat relaxes, and their tongue and soft oral tissue obstruct the airway. This gap in breath is what causes obstructive sleep apnea.
There are a variety of factors that contribute to OSA including weight, age, sex, sleeping position, tongue size, and family history. While not everyone will experience the same symptoms, it’s important to understand the warning signs.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
One of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea patients report is snoring. Others symptoms include daytime fatigue, memory impairment, morning headaches, heartburn, depression, and irritability.
Some symptoms may be more severe than others. That said, they all serve as warning signs that you may need to take a sleep test. It’s simple, easy, and helps pinpoint the cause of your sleeping disorder. There used to be very few options for treating sleep apnea, but now it’s easier than ever before to find your ideal treatment option.
Sleep apnea doesn’t just affect adults, and often times it goes undiagnosed in children. Early treatment is vital in promoting positive long-term health and can help your children avoid many unnecessary health risks down the road. Explore the causes, symptoms, and solutions of pediatric sleep apnea. Dr. Phillips will work with you to find the sleep apnea solution that will give your child the restorative sleep they need.
Causes Of Pediatric Sleep Apnea
One of the most common causes of pediatric sleep apnea is enlarged tonsils or adenoids. Additionally, factors like allergic reactions and asthma can contribute to making the problem more severe. Just like sleep apnea in adults, pediatric sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the throat relax during sleep and the airway becomes obstructed. When children don’t get the oxygen they need, it can cause a number of problems that can be avoided with treatment.
There are many symptoms of pediatric sleep apnea. Some are more obvious than others. That said, they are all important to pay attention to and serve as warning signals that a sleep test is necessary. They include:
- Snoring on a regular bases
- Waking up with a gasp
- Wetting the bed
- Difficulty concentrating at school
- Long pauses in breathing during sleep
- Daytime Fatigue
Is It ADHD or Is It Sleep Apnea?
It’s possible for sleep apnea to be misdiagnosed as ADHD. When your child doesn’t get the sleep they need, they can be irritable during the day and have a hard time focusing. Many of the symptoms of sleep apnea overlap with ADHD so it is easy to initially mistake one for the other. The great news is that your child can take a sleep test to find out if it’s sleep apnea.
There are many ways to reduce the effect sleep apnea has on your child and finding the right treatment plan is vital to their life-long success. CPAP works for many children and if it doesn’t, we also offer other alternatives. Dr. Phillips can use an oral appliance to slowly grow the upper or lower jaw, treating the symptoms while working to solve the underlying cause. She can also treat children’s sleep apnea with the Vivos DNA appliance– a device worn at night, similar to a retainer.
About Dr. Phillips
Growing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Dr. Russell Phillips first became interested in dentistry when a high school sports injury landed him in the dental chair and a career seed was planted. He attended college at Penn State University where he played on the varsity soccer team. His dental school was the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine where he received his DMD degree with honors in 1975. Following dental school, he spent two years in the Navy Dental Corps at Submarine Base New London and received extensive experience in oral surgery.
“Compassionate, caring, courteous, and professional describe this very warm and welcoming staff. Patients are quickly acknowledged and are remembered by all. I can’t say enough positive things– am so glad that I happened into Dr. Phillips’ office.”
A Better Night’s Sleep. No CPAP.
CPAP machines are known as the “gold standard” for sleep apnea treatment because of their proven effectiveness for a better night’s sleep. However, a study that occurred over a 20 year period has found that nearly 30-40% of patients are non-adherent to the use of CPAP machines, therefore they are not receiving the proper treatment.
Here at Washington Airway & Wellness Center, Dr. Phillips and his team offer advanced treatment plans for sleep apnea, using alternatives to CPAP. Utilizing her extensive training in sleep apnea, as well as his own knowledge of living with the sleep disorder herself, Dr. Phillips is passionate to help her patients (and their partner) get through a full night’s sleep.