Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB)

Also Known AS Breathing Disturbed Sleep (BDS)

When sleep breathing is disturbed or interrupted due to a constriction or obstruction in the airway, the body is reactive all night.  The sympathetic "flight or fight" system is alerted and adrenaline spikes.  The long term result is stress and inflammation on the body.  This chronic inflammation contributes to various systemic diseases.  


Pediatric Sleep Disordered Breathing

Signs of Pediatric SDB:

Daytime Sleepiness

Mouth breathing

Snoring regularly

Stop breathing during sleep

Morning headaches

Inability to concentrate 

Learning difficulties

Behavioral Issues (sometimes diagnosed with ADHD)

Bed wetting

Parsomnias (sleep walking, nightmares, etc)

Bruxism (tooth grinding)

Mood swings


Recurring ear infections or history of tubes placed

Adults Sleep Disordered Breathing

Sleep breathing Disorders can lead to but is not limited to:

Periodontal Disease and other oral health issues

Headaches and/or migraines

Digestive Issues




Vascular Disease (stroke, heart attack, hypertension, CHF, cardiac dysrhythmias, and others)

Preterm Birth

Endothelial Dysfunction

Altered Liver Function

Psychiatric Disease (depression, anxiety)

Nocturia (getting up to urinate during the night)

Erectile Dysfunction

*Bruxism (tooth grinding) has been associated with sleep breathing disorders

Inflammation and chronic stress due to sleep dysfunction can have an impact on all organ systems