The diagnosis of Sleep Breathing Disorder (SBD) is often missed in both children and adults. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most severe level of SBD. Many childhood problems have been shown to have a SBD as the underlying cause. Some of the manifestations include ADD/ADHD, poor grades, bedwetting, behavioral problems and much more. A lack of proper dental development is usually the cause of SBD in children, and consequently, also in adults.
In an adult, higher risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and high blood pressure are just some of the associated problems with Sleep Breathing Disorders. The dental issues that weren’t addressed as a child are now compounded in the adult. This presentation will discuss SBD in both the adult and child, and what visual clues any health care practitioner can easily observe that will indicate a high probability of an SBD problem. Options for further investigation and various treatments will be presented.
- Participants will be able to define what a Sleep Breathing Disorder is and its consequences.
- Participants will be able to identify what questions clinically are to be asked that indicate a potential SBD problem in the child or adult.
- Participants will be able to explain external as well as intra-oral signs that should be noted which could indicate a potential SBD problem in the child or adult.
- Participants will be able to discuss the various possible solutions to the patient’s sleep breathing disorder problem.