Mandibular growth activators and childhood OSAS
Orthodontics specialist, former lecturer, Paris 7 University; former physician at Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, France
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Childhood OSAS mainly implicates hypertrophy of the lymphoid organs, but certain facial conditions such as maxillary endognathia and mandibular retrognathia are found in children with apnea and must be treated to restore respiratory function. The orthodontist should then use the most appropriate means to restore the maxillary transverse dimension and growth of the mandible. It is this last point that is dealt with here, discussing the role of growth activators in the treatment of retrognathia and their impact on the airways.
Key words: OSAS / mandibular retrognathia / growth activator
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