Abnormal short lingual frenulum may lead to impairment of orofacial growth in early childhood. This may reduce the width of the upper airway, a pliable tube increasing its risk of collapse, particularly during sleep. Recognition and treatment of short frenulum early in life at birth, if possible, would improve normal orofacial growth. Short lingual frenulum may lead to abnormal orofacial growth early in life, a risk factor for development of SDB (sleep disordered breathing). Careful surveillance for abnormal breathing during sleep should occur in the presence of short lingual frenulum. Otherwise, myofunctional therapy combined with education of nasal breathing is necessary to obtain normal breathing during sleep in many children.
Dr. Christian Guilleminault is a physician and researcher in the field of sleep medicine who played a central role in the early discovery of obstructive sleep apnea and has made seminal discoveries in many other areas of sleep medicine. Guilleminault continues to be a prolific researcher in the field of sleep medicine and has authored over six hundred articles in peer-reviewed medical journals to date and has won several awards for his research in the field of sleep medicine. He was a founding member of the Association of Sleep Disorders Centers in 1975 and was elected to be the first editor of the journal Sleep in June 1976, a role in which he continued to serve until 1997. He continues to practice clinical medicine and contribute to research endeavors at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine.
– Examine the impact of sleep disorders in children
– Identify connections between sleep disorders and the orofacial and nasopharyngeal complex
– Describe the contribution of myofunctional therapy in treatment of OSA