Recent studies have highlighted the importance of the interdisciplinary management of sleep disordered breathing, and the role orthodontists can play in the management of this disease has become better defined. This presentation will re-examine the relationship between sleep disordered breathing and craniofacial growth and development in light of new clinical data. The current evidence related to orthodontic treatment effects on obstructive sleep apnea and the airway, as well as more controversial adjunctive therapies will be discussed.
Define the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and craniofacial growth and development.
Evaluate the effectiveness of orthodontic therapy as a treatment for OSA in children.
Comprehend the relationship between dental extractions and the upper airway function.