Pediatric Airway Treatment Specialist

California Dental Sleep Solutions

Sleep Apnea Dentist located in San Jose, CA

If your child snores or suffers from obstructive sleep apnea, expert sleep apnea dentist Jaclyn Martinez, DDS, and her team offer pediatric airway treatment at California Dental Sleep Solutions in San Jose, California. They provide oral appliance therapy and other solutions to help your child breathe easier. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online to learn more about sleep apnea treatment options.

Pediatric Airway Treatment Q & A

What is pediatric airway treatment?

Pediatric airway treatment helps your child get a better night’s sleep by opening their airway to help them breathe easier. It often involves making lifestyle changes or wearing an oral appliance when your child sleeps.

Why might my child need pediatric airway treatment?

Your child might benefit from pediatric airway treatment if they have sleep apnea. Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea to watch for include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Morning headaches
  • Restless sleep
  • Breathing pauses during sleep
  • A poor attention span
  • Behavioral problems
  • Poor school performance
  • Choking or gasping during sleep
  • A sore throat
  • Problems concentrating
  • Daytime sleepiness

Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for optimal growth and development in your child. See Dr. Martinez at the first sign of chronic sleep disruption.

How does my provider diagnose airway problems?

To screen airway problems in your child, Dr. Martinez asks about their sleeping habits and symptoms. She reviews your child’s medical history and evaluates their teeth, gums, mouth, throat, and breathing. Dr. Martinez might also recommend X-rays or other imaging procedures and a sleep study to evaluate your child’s condition.

What should I expect during pediatric airway treatment

Dr. Martinez personalizes pediatric airway treatments to best match your child’s needs. She might suggest:

Lifestyle changes

Making lifestyle changes often helps your child breathe easier at night. Examples include maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, sleeping on their side rather than their back, and keeping nasal passages open if your child suffers from chronic congestion.

Oral appliances

Wearing a custom-fit oral appliance, or mouthpiece, when your child sleeps keeps their airway open by repositioning their jaw and tongue.

Continuous positive airway pressure

Using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine during sleep. The machine includes a breathing mask attached to a tube with pressurized air that keeps the airway open.

With effective pediatric airway treatment, your child can get a good night’s sleep and experience optimal growth, development, and school performance. Schedule an appointment with California Dental Sleep Solutions over the phone or online for an evaluation today.