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A Journal on Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Odontostomatology and Maxillofacial Surgery
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Minerva Stomatologica 1999 April;48(4):125-38


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Habitual snoring, OSA and craniofacial modification. Orthodontic clinical and diagnostic aspects in a case control study

Caprioglio A., Zucconi M., Calori G., Troiani V.


Background. This research aims to analized the clinical and diagnostic aspects of OSA in the orthodontic researchfield.
Methods. Through a case control study, the presence of early craniofacial modifications in a study group constituted of 13 children with long history of habitual snoring and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (mean age 54 months, range 36-103) and in a control group constituted of 13 children with no history of snoring (mean age 60 months, range 55- 67), is analized. Clinical neurological and orthodontic examination, cefalometrics analisys and MESAM 4 has been performed to each single child.
Results. Neurological clinical examination and diurnal polysomnography or nocturnal ambulatory monitoring of snoring (MESAM 4) showed that this pathology started very early in the childhood: snoring onset was 22.7 months, the apnea onset was 34.7 months. Moreover 23% of the children showed a failure to thrive.
The cephalometric results revealed that OSA children showed different cranio-facial features: a maxillo-mandibular micrognathia and or retrognathia, an increment of divergency associated with an increase in the vertical development of the face and a reduced perviety of the upper airway space caused by a mechanical obstruction due to enlarged adenoids. The orthodontic clinical examination revealed that OSA patients showed posterior cross-bite, anterior open-bite and lip-incompetence.
Conclusions. Theese results suggest that oral breathing, that is present in sleep apnea patients, is responsable of different cranio-facial anomalies. For this reason these features must be recognized, as soon as possible, in order to start an early treatment of this pathology.

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