Orthodontists have the opportunity to collaborate with
physician colleagues by screening for and providing
treatment options for the management of obstructive
sleep apnea/sleep disordered breathing in children and
adults. This session will clarify how their understanding
of craniofacial growth and development, mandibular
advancement devices, and rapid maxillary expansion
can benefit patients at risk for or diagnosed by their
physicians with sleep disordered breathing.
- Screen for risk of sleep disordered breathing in their pediatric and adult patients.
- Describe the unique expertise of orthodontists to provide alternative treatment options to continuous positive airway pressure for sleep disordered breathing.
- Discuss the feasibility and limitations of rapid maxillary expansion and mandibular advancement devices as treatment options for sleep disordered breathing.