(This is part 4 of our 5-part series)
Guilderland, NY – We all know how much Kids need sleep, but it has to be the right kind of sleep. Just like adults, children need to breathe well while they sleep in order for their sleep to be restorative. Even more important for children, though, is deep, restorative sleep that promotes optimal brain development. Only through breathing well while sleeping can a child’s brain develop to its maximum potential.
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, sleep-disordered breathing causes disrupted and inefficient sleep, which in turn results in not only fatigue and daytime sleepiness, but also cognitive impairment and poor performance in school. Even if a child gets to bed “early enough” then they could still have problems with fatigue, focus and learning.
With regards to children, because their brains are still developing, the problems caused by sleep deprivation and sleep-disordered breathing are even greater. Having Airway-centered Disorder is like trying to breathe through a tiny coffee stirrer instead of through a garden hose. Under such conditions during sleep, the brain unconsciously recognizes that it is not getting enough oxygen, and it signals that a crisis is occurring. In other words, having difficulty breathing during sleep makes the brain think it is threatened. That threatened brain turns on all the body’s survival instincts, the fight-or-flight response. It tells the adrenal glands to release a flood of the stress hormone, adrenaline, putting us into full panic mode. Over time that adrenaline has toxic effects and creates inflammation throughout the body. When interrupted by apnea, snoring and other breathing disorders, the sleep process becomes a time of crisis rather than a time of rest, repair and restoration.
For children, this state of alert for the brain and body along with a lack of oxygen, can lead to symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), hyperactivity, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, lack of social coping skills and sometimes aggressive behavior.
Intervening early in a child’s life to prevent sleep disordered breathing is essential to their future health and their ability to learn.
Stay tuned for Part 5 in next month’s article.
We look forward to seeing you once again at the National Night Out on August 7th at Tawasentha Park. Stop by our table! We look forward to meeting you!
With Oshins of Smiles,
Dr. Steven Oshins
Dr. Steven Oshins is committed to achieving extra-ordinary levels, expanding both knowledge and application skills in restorative dentistry in order to provide his patients with the highest standard of care. He is not here to judge patients, but to thoroughly learn about each patient’s oral condition, determine their susceptibility to future breakdown, and discuss a plan to help them successfully achieve and maintain a healthy and attractive smile.
A lifelong capital district resident, Dr. Oshins graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He pursued his childhood dream of becoming a dentist because it combined his love of science and technology and the visual arts with his overwhelming passion to help people. While in dental school, he was one of two students across the United States selected for an internship at the Unites States Penitentiary, Atlanta Dental Clinic, where he worked under the most prestigious dentists in the Federal Government.
Upon graduation, he completed his two-year residency at Ellis Medicine in Schenectady, NY. During his second year of residency, he worked with various local oncologists and cardiologists and developed protocols for patients prior to starting chemotherapy, radiation treatment, or cardiac surgery. He stayed on as a staff dentist until 2000, when he opened up his private practice in Guilderland, NY. Dedicated to providing his patients with the most effective, up-to-date, and proven dental treatments, techniques, and options, he pursued multiple post-graduate programs in advanced dentistry, studying under the top dentists in the world, such as Dr. John Kois, Dr. Frank Spear, Dr. John West, and Dr. Ronald Jackson, completing over one hundred continuing education hours each year. He recently graduated from the renowned Kois Center, an advanced didactic and clinical program for practicing dentists, after completing a comprehensive, rigorous nine course curriculum with the latest advances in esthetic, occlusion, implant, and restorative dentistry.
Because of his compassion for others, he donates his personal time and professional services to local schools and humanitarian organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity and Freihofer Run for Women. He taught radiology and worked in the clinic for eight years at Hudson Valley Community College in the Dental Hygiene program and has a current faculty position at Ellis Hospital Residency program. He also writes a monthly article for the Guilderland Our Towne newspaper in hopes of sharing his knowledge of how to achieve lifelong oral health. He hopes to realize his dream of participating in missions to impoverished countries to teach proper oral health and provide services to the needy.
He is a current member of the American Dental Association, New Your State Dental Society, Western New York Kois Study Group, Third District Society, Ellis Medicine Implant Study Club, and Guilderland Chamber of Commerce.
In his spare time, Dr. Oshins enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially with his aunt and uncle at their camp in Lapland Lake, NY. A standout soccer player in high school, he continues his love of the sport by playing in local recreational leagues. He also enjoys all sports, working out, traveling, biking, kayaking, photography, and the arts. He continues his passion for cooking and takes classes at the Culinary Institute of America and Schenectady Community College.
Dr. Oshins’ greatest achievement is the difference he makes in his patients’ lives by helping them smile.