Did you know that at least 10% of all children struggle with obstructive sleep apnea?
When patients come to us who are experiencing .... We:
- Identify the main determinants of airway resistance.
- Evaluate the involvement of the velocity and turbulence of the airflow.
- Identify some possible changes in daytime breathing behaviors.
- Review potential airway-related craniofacial dysfunctions.
Orthodontics has long been concerned with the growth and development of the face as it relates to the facial profile and the correction of skeletal and dental malocclusion. It is only recently been considered relevance to the formation of the naso-oropharyngeal airway.
From an anatomical perspective, the maxilla, soft palate, and mandible work in synchrony to form the anterior boundaries of the airway. Retroposition of the bones relative to the face narrow the airway and create the risk for obstruction. Orthodontic treatments in children are now being explored to help enlarge — or at least prevent restriction of — the airway in a more natural and permanent way.