The Dentist’s Role in Screening and Treating Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Dec 13, 2021
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition caused by respiratory disturbances at night with sleep fragmentation, which can lead to hypoxia and inflammation. The effects of OSA can be particularly harmful for the pediatric population, leading to potential issues in neurobehavioral development, obesity, growth failure, bed-wetting and tooth wear. As members of the healthcare team, dentists can change patients’ lives by screening for and, in some cases, treating pediatric OSA.