The human lymphatic system is a critical, but often misunderstood, part of the body. It provides a complementary function to the circulatory system, and carries lymph (Latin for "fresh water") throughout the body. It helps reabsorb interstitial blood and carries waste products back to lymph nodes, the spleen, and other lymphatic organs.
When it comes to your child's ability to breathe properly, there are two lymphatic organs that can have a negative impact. Enlarged, swollen, inflamed, or infected palatine tonsils and adenoids can restrict your child's upper airway and cause many symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing. Whether snoring, disrupted breathing during sleep, waking, gasping, or choking, these symptoms can have a serious impact on your child's overall health and well-being.
Full nasal breathing during sleep helps your child awaken focused and ready to seize the day. If enlarged or swollen adenoids are blocking nasal breathing, or inflamed palatine tonsils are causing waking during sleep, it's crucial to get a medical professional's diagnosis and recommendation for treatment. By starving the brain of oxygen during sleep, obstructive sleep apnea can create behavioral and growth challenges for your child. It's important to diagnose and deal with these problems as soon as possible!
At Chester Dental Care, we can help create a plan for treatment of the symptoms of mild to moderate sleep-disordered breathing. We also have a collaborative network of treatment providers who can give diverse opinions and options outside of the dental scope of treatment.
Contact our friendly team today to request an appointment for your child and help them breathe right, sleep tight, and smile bright. We serve the city of Richmond, Virginia, as well as the metro area. This includes Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Chesterfield, and New Kent counties, as well as the cities of Petersburg, Chester, Hopewell, and more. We also offer general dentistry services and emergency dentistry. We look forward to meeting you and your family and becoming a trusted partner in your airway and dental health.