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Evaluation of Current Screening and Treatment Patterns for Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea Among Practicing Pediatric Dentists in the United States: A Pilot Study

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to provide an evaluation of educational experience, screening, referral, and treatment patterns by pediatric dentists in the United States with regards to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). Methods: A twenty-six question, multiple choice, electronic survey was developed using SurveyMonkey software. It was distributed to the 6,017 active American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) members, garnering a response rate of 7.0 percent. Results: A total of 41.2 percent of respondents were uncomfortable or very uncomfortable screening for OSA/SDB; 61.4 percent indicated no formal training in OSA/SDB during residency; 40.7 percent stated they routinely screened for OSA/SDB; and 93.9 percent referred to a physician in suspected cases of OSA/SDB. Conclusions: While awareness of OSA and SDB is high among pediatric dental specialists, educational opportunities are limited, routine screening is not standard, and treatment is not commonly provided.
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Keywords: OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA; OSA SYNDROME; PEDIATRIC OSA; SLEEP DENTISTRY; SLEEP-DISORDERED BREATHING

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Pediatric dentist and an orthodontist in private practice, Somers Point, N.J., USA 2: Professor and chair, Postgraduate Orthodontic Program, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, A.T. Still University, Mesa, Ariz., USA; and an adjunct professor, Graduate School of Dentistry, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea;, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 01 September 2016

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  • Pediatric Dentistry is the official publication of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is published bi-monthly and is internationally recognized as the leading journal in the area of pediatric dentistry. The journal promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. This peer-reviewed journal features scientific articles, case reports and abstracts of current pediatric dental research.
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