Inter J Stomatol ›› 2017, Vol. 44 ›› Issue (2): 218-221.doi: 10.7518/gjkq.2017.02.021

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Progress of rapid maxillary expansion for managing pediatric obstructive apnea sleep syndrome

Huang Zhenxian, Wang Qiaojing   

  1. 1. Dept. of Stomatology, Zhongshan Hospital, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361000, China;
    2. Dept. of Stomatology, Xinkaiyuan Hospital in Xiamen, Xiamen 361000, China
  • Received:2016-05-06 Online:2017-03-01 Published:2017-03-01

Abstract: Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome(OSAS) is a common chronic disorder in children and adolescents, dramatically affecting systemic health and development. A small maxilla may cause sleep-disordered breathing in children. Rapid maxillary expansion(RME) is widely used by orthodontists to increase the maxillary transverse dimensions of young patients. Recent studies suggested that RME can effectively manage pediatric snoring and significantly improve OSAS. This study aims to investigate the efficacy of orthopedic RME in treating pediatric OSAS.

Key words: obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, children, rapid maxillary expansion

CLC Number: 

  • R783.5

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