Otolaryngology (ENT)/Head and Neck Surgery
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Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring in children is often of little concern, especially if it only happens once in a while or is triggered by a cold or allergies. However, if your child snores regularly or if their snoring gets in the way of a good night’s sleep –it may be time to see an ENT specialist.
When children sleep, their bodies rest and restore energy levels impacting both physical and mental well-being. Snoring can become a concern when it is associated with abnormal breathing and interrupts sleep. Interrupted sleep can lead to:
- Hyperactivity or feeling tired during the day
- Behavioral problems
- Learning difficulties/school performance
- Poor weight gain
The most common condition leading to snoring or obstructive sleep apnea is enlarged tonsils and adenoids. However, obesity can also play a role.
Our ENT specialists will work with you to find the most appropriate treatment for your child’s snoring. Treatment may include:
- Medications. Topical steroids may ease symptoms for children with mild sleep apnea or snoring.
- Removal of tonsils and adenoids. For moderate to severe snoring, our ENT providers may perform an adenotonsillectomy. This procedure improves snoring by opening the child’s airway. An adenotonsillectomy usually takes about an hour and is performed in an outpatient setting under general anaesthetic. There are usually no stitches. The child’s throat may be sore for 10-14 days after the operation.
- Positive airway pressure therapy. In continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), small machines gently blow air through a tube and mask attached to your child’s nose or nose and mouth. The machine sends pressure into the back of your child’s throat to keep the airway open. Positive airway pressure therapy may be an option if medications and the removal of the adenoids and tonsils is not effective.