Note the Signs of Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Children
By Sarah Fabozzi Winter, DMD and Suzanne Robertson, RDH, Myofunctional Therapist
Treating pediatric patients involves unique challenges and complications. Because children are especially vulnerable during their formative years, the responsibility to maintain or restore health places an additional burden on clinicians. Therefore, providers must understand the risk factors and therapies that will help ensure optimal oral and systemic health for this population. As evidence of its importance mounts for pediatric health, one area of screening has been drawn into the spotlight: airway patency and sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). This article will examine the ways in which clinicians can offer life-changing evaluation and intervention to pediatric patients affected by SDB or airway disorders.