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Children with Sleep Apnoea

How an orthodontist can help my child with OSA?

Children with OSA often present with skeletal contributing factors such as short lower jaws, narrow palatal vaults, narrow dental arches and dental crowding.

As such dentofacial-orthopedics or growth modification for young children is a useful treatment modality to harness the plasticity of a young patient to correct the skeletal problems causing OSA.

Please bring your child for an assessment as early as 7 years old, which is the recommended age ay the American Association of Orthodontics as successful outcomes require correct diagnosis and correct treatment implemented at the right age.

Other common causes of airway obstruction in a young child is enlarged tonsils and adenoids, sometimes linked to infections. Allergic rhinitis with inflammation of the soft tissues of the airway can also contribute to OSA. Therefore, as a specialist orthodontic clinic, we not only treat a child’s face, jaw and teeth but also work with specialist paediatric doctors and ENT specialists to manage soft tissue factors of OSA.


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