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2017 Annual Session Conference

AS17B48C - The 3D Airway and Sleep Disorders: Recent Research and Efficient Protocols for an Orthodontic Office

Apr 24, 2017 4:00pm ‐ Apr 24, 2017 4:30pm


This presentation will highlight some of the airway research from Case Western Reserve University, and describe efficient protocols that will help identify patients with sleep disorders that may not even know they have them. Simple questionnaires, and quick specific clinical exams can make the world of a difference to our patient’s quality of life. Traditionally we are trained to see and analyze the airway from the lateral view on a cephalometric film. But the airway is a three-dimensional (3D) structure, and that third dimension may be hiding something relevant to our diagnosis. When moving from 2D to 3D, distances and angles turn into areas and volumes, and understanding the airway may take orthodontics to the next level, increasing the scope of what can be done for our patient.

Learning Objectives:

  • Implement sleep disorder risk assessment separately for adults and teenage patients.
  • Perform an airway focused clinical exam, with objective outcomes.
  • Analyze a segmented airway.


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