Obstructive sleep apnea in children is an important and under recognized medical condition. It varies in its presentation, treatment and consequences in children compared to adult obstructive sleep apnea. Orthodontic practitioners have an important role to play in screening and treating this disease in children. This session will provide a broad overview of the condition, our current state of knowledge and the treatment options available for infants through adolescents.
Recognize the difference between adult and pediatric obstructive sleep apnea.
Evaluate the health consequences to a child for obstructive sleep apnea.
Identify the treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea in children and how they vary with age; and recognize patients at increased risk for developing obstructive sleep apnea.