Sleep-Disordered Breathing Linked to Children in Orthodontic Care

Image by SAILISTOCK/ISTOCK/GETTY IMAGES PLUS

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland have found a link between children in orthodontic care and sleep disorders. Children who experience interrupted sleep due to these disorders often tend to get hyperactive, may snore, breathe through the mouth during the day, or become easily distracted.

The study, “Sleep Disordered Breathing in Children Seeking Orthodontic Care,” published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, found that approximately 7% of children between ages 9 and 17 in orthodontic care were at high-risk for sleep-disordered breathing. The results were based on a questionnaire about sleep and symptoms completed by 303 children or their parents/caregivers.

Orthodontists are well positioned to recognize if a child’s facial development or jaw alignment are being affected by breathing problems and make a referral to a sleep specialist. Based on the literature, J. Martin Palomo, DDS, MSD, the study’s lead author and professor in the Department of Orthodontics at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, also believes that many children with sleep disorders are misdiagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He says, ““I think it’s important to rule out sleep disorders before a patient is medicated for ADHD.”

To read more about sleep-disordered breathing in children click this link: http://decisionsindentistry.com/article/7-signs-of-sleep-disordered-breathing-in-children/

 

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Older Women Who Experience Tooth Loss at Higher Risk of Hypertension

Postmenopausal women who have experienced tooth loss may be at increased...

New Interprofessional Curriculum Launched 

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) and University of...

Ultradent Introduces Omni-Matrix™ Disposable Retainer and Matrix

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah—Ultradent Products has introduced the Omni-Matrix disposable retainer and...

Mouth of a senior with missing teeth
Tooth Loss May Indicate Malnutrition

Compared to the general population, older adults with only 10 to...

3M Launches New Xerostomia Relief Spray

Anyone who has experienced xerostomia knows that it is frustrating, especially...

Wonder Z-Ring
Wonder Z-Ring Kit

Wonder Z-Ring creates an even heat distribution across the firing tray...

Owandy Radiology’s I-Max 3D Wall-Mounted Unit Receives FDA 510 (k) Clearance

Owandy Radiology Inc, a global leader in the manufacture of dental...

Dentistry.com
Introducing Dentistry.Com

Futuredontics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dentsply Sirona, announced the launch...