Myriad articles indicate a possible link between maxillary constriction and airway resistance; this piece proposes to show how orthodontic treatment with rapid palatal expansion may improve both orthodontic malocclusion and signs of airway resistance—including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS)—in young, growing patients, resulting in an overall, life-changing health improvement.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
- Define pediatric obstructive sleep apnea and related terminology.
List common symptoms and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.
- Identify which questions are appropriate for diagnosis and treatment-planning young orthodontic patients.
- Determine possible methods to orthodontically assist patients who have OSAS.
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