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Pediatric  Dental  Health

May 1, 2002

SNORING IN CHILDREN
Many children snore when they sleep. Most of the time childhood snoring is harmless and benign. Benign snoring, affecting 7% to 10% of children, doesn't affect health. The prevalence of snoring in children decreases with age.

In some cases, however, snoring may a symptom of a problem called obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is defined as poor lung oxygenation caused by upper airway obstruction during sleep. The problem is thought to affect up to 3 percent of children.

WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH SNORING?