Dr. Dawne Slabach with the Craniofacial Care Center, Columbus, Dublin, and Westerville Ohio, explains that Obstructive Sleep Apnea patients stop breathing multiple times in a night, causing cells to be deprived of oxygen. This can lead to many problems, including heart attacks, strokes, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease, and congestive heart failure.
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Dr. Dawne Slabach with the Craniofacial Care Center, Columbus, Dublin, and Westerville, Ohio explains that children can have sleep apnea, usually caused by enlarged tonsils/adenoids. Removal of those glands cures 75% of the problems. Adding palate expansion raises the number to 95%. Obstructive Sleep Apnea in children may be misdiagnosed as ADD or ADHD, where the treatment is a drug like Ritalin, Adderall, or Strattera.
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Dr. Dawne Slabach of the Craniofacial Care Center, Columbus, Ohio says that early orthodontic treatment can be important in keeping a child from developing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) as an adult. Children should be examined by age seven for possible treatment, as facial growth is 60% complete by age 8 and 90% complete by age 12. Early treatment can prevent subsequent TMJ problems and OSA.
Dr. Dawne Slabach of the Craniofacial Care Center, Columbus, Dublin, and Westerville, Ohio says that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be connected to memory loss and to dementia. The lack of oxygen to the body's cells, including the brain, can reduce cognitive performance. Coupled with lack of sleep, it can result in an OSA patient performing as badly as someone who is legally drunk.
Dr. Dawne Slabach of the Craniofacial Care Center, Columbus, Dublin, and Westerville Ohio explains how her practice of general dentistry evolved into her craniofacial practice because of problems with a child of hers and how much satisfaction she derives from being able to help a wide range of patients with problems that are lessening their quality of life.