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Your Dentist, ADHD, and Sleep Apnea: A Parents Guide

added on: September 21, 2022
My Rivertown Dentist in Madison

As your family dentist in Madison, IN, we wanted to see if you noticed a trend that seems to be growing. It has to do with ADHD or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. (Why we care about this is something we’ll discuss later in the blog.) More children than ever before are being diagnosed with ADHD at alarming rates. Has it affected someone you love directly in your family? What about your closest friends? You don’t have to look far these days to see or hear someone who’s had experiences with this disorder. 

Why Does My Rivertown Dentist Care About ADHD? 

As it turns out, the medical community (and the general public) aren’t aware that there’s a newfound link between sleeping disorders and behavioral disorders. It’s estimated that 25 to 50 percent of people with ADHD experience sleep problems. This can be insomnia to loud snoring. ADHD is present in about five percent of kids, more commonly in boys. Combine these statistics, and you could have a young child with health issues beyond just a simple ADHD diagnosis and medication. 

The truth is: Your child might be struggling with the symptoms of ADHD because of sleep apnea. Fortunately, doctors and dentists like Dr. Ashley Lee and Dr. Sarah G. Hasewinkle are starting to help parents see the correlation between treating sleep apnea or airway problems and how they impact ADHD. Dr. Lee can help at our Madison dental office! It’s time we work together to improve the quality of life for everyone in your family.

What Symptoms You Should Know About

Here are some of the most common symptoms that are linked to ADHD but could be sleep apnea related:

  • Restlessness
  • Inability to pay attention
  • Excessive talking
  • Disorganization
  • Problems listening
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Aggressiveness

Do any of these sound familiar to you? Sleep apnea could be the root of these issues, not ADHD. 

The Issue is This

There are potentially thousands, if not millions, of kids misdiagnosed and possibly put on medication that could do more harm than good. What concerns Dr. Lee is that the issues or symptoms that look like ADHD could be caused by a sleep-related breathing disorder (SRBD) or sleep apnea

As a mother, Dr. Lee has struggled with her own kiddo’s sleep apnea issues, including multiple doctor visits. As a dentist, she realized she has the power to help break this cycle of misunderstanding or even misdiagnosing so that more kids can:

  • Breath easier
  • Sleep better
  • Live happier

Under the expert guidance of Dr. Lee, she can show you how to help your family through advanced treatments from her partnership with The Institute for Craniofacial Medicine and Vivos Therapeutics. We can see beyond routine smile care for your child and possibly change their lives for the better using special oral appliances created by Vivos designed to help guide jaw development. This movement ultimately creates a wider airway and can keep your kiddo’s sleep apnea free for — LIFE!

Please schedule your appointment today with My Rivertown Dentist in Madison, IN!