Continuing Education: Changing Lives, One Airway at a Time by Dr. Manjari Kulkarni

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Dentaltown Magazine
by Dr. Manjari Kulkarni

Abstract
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.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Define pediatric obstructive sleep apnea and related terminology.
  2. List common symptoms and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.
  3. Identify which questions are appropriate for diagnosis and treatment-planning young orthodontic patients.
  4. Determine possible methods to orthodontically assist patients who have OSAS.

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Author Dr. Manjari Kulkarni is a native of Pittsburgh, where she earned both her Doctor of Dental Medicine and a master's in orthodontics at the University of Pittsburgh. After completing her orthodontics training, Kulkarni spent eight years in Manhattan practicing orthodontics in the New York/ New Jersey area before returning home with her husband and two daughters. She has served on the University of Pittsburgh Orthodontics faculty for six years, and believes in sharing her skills with both her students and patients with love. Kulkarni practices alongside Dr. John Grady at GKG Orthodontics, where there is a special emphasis on comprehensive care along with excellent customer service.

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