Pediatric Sleep Apnea
Children suffer from sleeping disorders that prevent them from getting a sufficient amount of sleep, just as adults do. Pediatric sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder that involves a narrowing of the upper airway during sleep, causing patients to experience short periods of stopped or disrupted breathing that can interfere with sleep. Symptoms of this condition may experience mouth breathing, snoring, bed wetting, and restless, as well as irritability or difficulty concentrating when awake. Sleep apnea usually develops because of enlarged adenoids or tonsils, obesity or muscle weakness. This condition can be treated surgical removal of the tonsils and adenoids, which is done through a safe, minimally invasive procedure.
Pediatric Sleep Apnea Treatment
Obstructive sleep apnea in children may result from blockages to the airways. A combination tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, or TA, procedure removes the tonsils and adenoids of a patient, resulting in less breathing obstruction. Though this procedure addresses pediatric sleep apnea, only rarely is TA used as a treatment for adult patients with snoring issues. Children experiencing chronic inflammation of the tonsils and adenoids see improvements in sleep quality, fewer coughs and colds, and possible reductions in hyperactive behavior. TA surgery is often the primary treatment for children with obstructive apnea. Patients with other respiratory conditions, such as asthma or respiratory infections, may need to have these conditions under control before and after surgery to reduce the risks of complication.