Development – it works both ways!
Abstract: Sleep disordered breathing can start early, it frequently affects children and can affect the development of the face and jaws (a longer face, narrower dental arch and palate). As this develops it affects the workings or physiology of the jaws and breathing increases the risk of SDB worsening, in other words there is a bi-directional relationship to SDB and jaw and face development.
The effects of a compromised airway on the development of the face and jaws, and the subsequent effects on the developing airway are important to understand. Development works both ways, a bi-directional relationship.
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Dr. Stephen Bray 2019