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2019 Winter Conference

Pediatric Airway Development in Orthodontics

Jan 26, 2019 1:00pm ‐ Jan 26, 2019 1:40pm


Can orthodontists really aid in the enlargement of pharyngeal airways in growing children and what are the norms? A positive correlation between dento-facial patterns and pharyngeal airway measurements as a risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been well established in the scientific literature. Orthodontists are often in a unique position, compared to our medical peers, to screen, triage, and treat children suffering from Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) because of our understanding of the craniofacial complex. At the very least, our treatment plans must be “Airway Friendly” on all patients. This presentation will focus on the understanding and clinical applications of those relationships using everyday case examples, and documented with low dose CBCT.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate the relationship between dento-facial patterns and the pharyngeal airway.
  • Readily and safely screen (using low dose CBCT) for children with small airways who either have OSA, are at risk for OSA, or are at risk for developing OSA later in life.
  • Identify how orthodontics can aid in pharyngeal ariway development.


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