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Childhood Sleep Apnea Baton Rouge

Childhood Sleep Apnea Baton Rouge Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious health condition, not limited to adults. Up to four percent of infants and children have OSA. It is especially prevalent between the ages of two and eight, a critical time in your child’s emotional, cognitive, and physical development. A solution can be as close as your family dentist. Dr. Kurt LeJeune at Cypress Dental in Baton Rouge provides effective childhood sleep apnea solutions.

Warning signs

  • Chronic loud, raspy, or squeaky snoring.
  • Gasping, choking, or snorting during the night, that may wake the child.
  • Nocturnal mouth-breathing.
  • Unusual sleep positions.
  • Restless sleep.
  • Nightmares.
  • Bedwetting.
  • Teeth grinding.
  • Cracked or broken teeth.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Learning problems.
  • Hyperactivity or behavioral problems such as impulse control.
  • Irritability and mood changes.
Children with OSA are often mistakenly diagnosed and medicated for ADD, ADHD, or other hyperactivity disorders. These children are also at increased risk of cardiovascular disease later in life.

Working together

You, your family physician or pediatrician, and Dr. LeJeune work closely toward accurate diagnosis and treatment. Medical attention to allergies or respiratory infection, or surgical removal of tonsils and adenoids may be necessary. However, it is important to know that drug-free, nonsurgical alternatives exist.

Dr. LeJeune expands upon the physician’s diagnosis of sleep apnea, utilizing state of the art techniques and technologies to accurately map your child’s nasal passages and airway. He designs an oral appliance, customized to the diagnosis and child’s mouth. This small, comfortable device looks something like a sports mouthguard. It fits over the child’s teeth, worn at night to reposition the jaw, keeping the airway clear for easier breathing. Most children adapt quickly and see immediate improvement or elimination of OSA symptoms.

If you think your little one may have childhood sleep apnea, call Cypress Dental in Baton Rouge, LA to schedule a consultation – (225) 248-8400.


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