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Masters Thesis | Dentistry | India | Volume 12 Issue 4, April 2023
Prevalence of Sleep Disordered Breathing in Orthodontic Patients and its Effect on Quality of Life and Craniofacial Morphology
Abstract: Introduction: Sleep Disordered Breathing is a common problem associated with constricted airway. Before it worsens and hampers the quality of life, it can be diagnosis early and hence treated without any extensive procedures. Children who present with signs and symptoms of SDB and poor quality of life often show an altered craniofacial morphology. By treating the craniofacial structures in growing children, we can hence provide a better lifestyle. Objective: To evaluate the prevalence of Sleep Disordered Breathing in orthodontic patients and correlating its effect on quality of life and craniofacial morphology. Methods: 300 patients aged 9-17 were divided into two group based on PSQ 21 Questionnaire; Group 1- High risk patients (More than 33% positive response) and Group 2- Low risk patients (less than 33% positive response), High risk group was further evaluated to check their quality of life using Quality of life questionnaire and their altered craniofacial morphology was assessed using lateral cephalogram. Results: 12.66% of children were under the high-risk category who had a poor quality of life and altered craniofacial morphology. Conclusion: Growing children can be early assessed for sleep disordered breathing in an orthodontic practice by simple questionnaire and since they show an altered craniofacial morphology, they can be treated early in their growing stage without extensive procedures later in life which will further enhance their quality of life.
Keywords: Sleep disordered breathing, Obstructive sleep apnea, Constricted airway, Quality of life, Orthodontics and airway
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 4, April 2023,
Pages: 793 - 798