Dr. Guilleminault will present some recently published studies from Stanford University, where he and his team of multidisciplinary specialists have suggested that a restricted lingua frenum may be one of the phenotypes of sleep disordered breathing in babies and children. The repercussions of sleep disordered breathing (SDB), especially of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), are felt throughout life. Therefore, proper identification of a restricted lingual frenum is within reach of physicians and health care professionals and the consequences of ignoring this oral feature can be quite detrimental for patients of all ages.
1) Review scientific literature regarding a restricted lingual frena
2) Connect a restricted lingual frenum with sleep disordered breathing
3) Establish a new standard of care that encompasses proper assessment of the lingual frenum.