J Korean Acad Pediatr Dent.  2019 Feb;46(1):119-126. 10.5933/JKAPD.2019.46.1.119.

Effects of Myofunctional Appliance in Children with Sleep-Disordered Breathing: Two Case Reports

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  • 1Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Pusan National University, Korea. jychaee@pusan.ac.kr

Abstract

Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) induces dysfunction of the orofacial muscles, leading to morphologic alteration of the face and dental malalignment. Early diagnosis and treatment of SDB is required in pediatric patients to ensure normal facial growth. Myofunctional therapy (MFT) is a modality for the treatment of SDB and prefabricated appliances can be used. Herein 2 cases of malocclusion with SDB, in which MFT with a prefabricated appliance was used for orthodontic treatment, have been described. SDB was diagnosed based on clinical symptoms taken by interview and home respiratory polygraphy. In both cases, SDB was improved using prefabricated appliance for MFT. However, resolution of crowding depended on the degree of crowding.

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Home respiratory polygraphy; Myofunctional therapy; Orthodontic treatment; Sleep-disordered breathing
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