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Dent Clin North Am. 2001 Oct;45(4):817-37.

Sleep-disordered breathing in children.

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  • Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Medical School, Sleep Medicine Center, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA. ssheldon@northwestern.edu

Abstract

Occlusive SDB is common in childhood and is most frequently associated with adenotonsillar hypertrophy, congenital syndromes associated with craniofacial malformations, oropharyngeal dysfunction, and chronic neuromuscular disorders. Sleep-disordered breathing has a significant effect on the performance, behavior, and health of children and often results in significant lifestyle abnormalities for the entire family. Comprehensive, technician-attended polysomnography is the gold standard for diagnosis and assessment of occlusive SDB. Significant involvement of dental professionals in the assessment and management of this common childhood disorder is essential.

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11699242
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