The role of, and the control of, obstruction of the upper airways and of congenital and other ENT anomalies in excess vertical growth of the face that impede orthodontic treatment
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The objective of this article is to demonstrate the effectiveness of good cooperation between orthodontists and Ear, Nose, and Throat specialists because of the importance of freeing the upper airways from obstruction in order to achieve a good orthodontic result as well as the other side of the coin, the beneficial effect orthodontic treatment can have in stimulating a functional liberation of those airways when no mechanical blockage is present. The article will emphasize how important it is for orthodontists to understand and to be alert to the signs and symptoms that would indicate the need for an ENT evaluation.
Key words: Mechanical and functional obstacles to respiration / ENT examination / Upper airway problems / Sleep apnea syndrome / Orthodontic treatment / ENT surgery
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