J Dentofacial Anom Orthod
Volume 12, Number 3, September 2009Sleep apnea and D.F.O.
|Page(s)||108 - 120|
|Published online||03 November 2010|
Cranio-facial morphology and obstructive sleep apnea: the role of dento-facial orthopedics
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Orthodontists, thanks to their keen appreciation of facial morphology and their skills in making functional examinations, are ideally placed to detect breathing problems in their patients that can require an ENT assessment, with special attention paid to the evaluation of sleep patterns. After a site of obstruction, resulting from a soft tissue anomaly and/or a narrowing of the airway passage through bone, has been established, orthodontists may be called upon to undertake corrective treatment sometimes in conjunction with a surgical procedure.
Key words: Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome / Child / Craniofacial growth / Adeno-tonsillar hypertrophy / Oral appliance
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