The landscape of dental treatments for pediatric patients dealing with sleep-disordered breathing has centered on maxillary expansion.

However, the mechanisms underlying the impact of anatomical changes on orofacial functions and the pathophysiology of sleep-related breathing disorders remain a realm yet to be comprehensively understood.

Sleep apnea has become a buzzword word and the role orthodontics can play in the management of patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has become controversial.

This presentation will aim to critically appraise the evidence on the relationship between sleep-disordered breathing and craniofacial growth and development.

Material on pediatric airway issues and other airway concerns in the growing child will be explored, including testing the clinical assumptions of what a typical child with OSA looks like and how they will respond to commonly suggested treatments. Should we expand the maxilla of every patient? Can CBCT imaging help detect sleep-disordered breathing in patients? Will it cause harm if extractions are prescribed during orthodontic treatment? Early identification of etiological factors and a comprehensive grasp of pathophysiology will be presented.

A proposal for modifying orofacial growth and development for sleep-disordered breathing children, integrating the latest techniques to achieve optimal skeletal structures and reprogram orofacial muscle functions will be described.

Practical incorporation of airway and sleep considerations for inclusion into routine clinical practice will be demonstrated.

The EADSM is pleased to make you aware of this course. We have we have no affiliation with the provider.

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