Orthodontic technique to treat OSA in children

Dr Joachim Ngiam, principal dentist at the Hornsby Dental Centre, Sydney, said several small studies had shown rapid maxillary expansion (RME), a dentofacial orthopaedic procedure used to correct dental and skeletal discrepancies, can also assist OSA.

“It’s a device that is glued on to the teeth and it opens up the mid-palatal suture, which splits the palatal halves and in doing so research has shown that it improves nasal resistance,” he said.

Dr Ngiam said while RME was not yet routine for OSA, growing