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A 33-year-old female asked:

Can 7 year olds have sleep apnea?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shah Chowdhury
Pediatrics 42 years experience
YES....,: Causes can be: enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids, allergies, sinus disease, nasal blockage, obesity, etc. Check with the pediatrician, might need sleep studies, referral to ent, etc.
Dr. Mark Birnbach
Cosmetic Dentistry 48 years experience
Sleep apnea: Yes they can, and it is critical that they get evaluated. Oxygen is essential to their growth and development. Allergies, sinus problems, dental malocclusions can all play a role in childhood sleep apnea and have life long effects.
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: Sleep apnea can result from anatomic obstruction in the nose (deviated septum, swollen turbinates, sinusitis, etc) or over relaxation of the smooth muscles that line the trachea (wind pipe). It's true that sleep apnea was classically though to be found only in elderly overweight men, but that's been found to not be true. Children can have osa from enlarged tonsils or adenoids. Consult a sleep doc.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

I am a 22 year old suffering from sleep apnea. Is there a cure for me?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 39 years experience
Yes: There are a number of treatment options available from changing your sleep position, cpap, a mandibular advancement appliance , and surgeries. It would be best to discuss your options with your physician. The best option will depend upon the severity of sleep apnea and some personal choices.
Last updated Jan 8, 2020


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