Our research aimed to find out whether it was possible to establish a correlation between instrumental
polysomnographic variables in children with Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) and their clinical dentofacial records.
197 children, 116 (59) male and 81 (41) female, age range 0 to 12 years, with a
clinical history highly suggestive for SDB were enrolled. All patients underwent full-night Poly-Mesam examination and a
specific clinical orthodontic evaluation. A comparison between polysomnographic variables and clinical orthodontic
variables was made. RESULTS AND
OSAS can not be diagnosed by the paediatric dentist only by
performing a single clinical orthodontic examination of oral cavity, but a polysomnography is essential and, if this should
point out any pathology referring to SDB, a cranial lateral cephalometry will then be required.
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