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Revista de salud publica del Paraguay

Print version ISSN 2224-6193On-line version ISSN 2307-3349


PEREZ BEJARANO, Nohelia María; GUGGIARI NIEDERBERGER, Ana Liesel  and  OTAZU CAMBIANO, Aldo Andrés. Sleep-related breathing disorders in children attending the orthodontic clinic at the Instituto de Odontología Avanzada, Paraguay 2018. Rev. salud publica Parag. [online]. 2019, vol.9, n.2, pp.16-21. ISSN 2307-3349.


Sleep disorders can significantly affect the quality of life of children.


To determine the frequency of respiratory sleep disorders in children who come to the orthodontic office.


To perform this cross-sectional study, section A of the Pediatric Sleep Questionnaire was applied consecutively to parents of children who attended the orthodontic clinic at the Institute of Advanced Dentistry in 2018. For qualitative and quantitative variables measurements , absolute and relative frequency measurements were used with the EPI Info ™ 7 (CDC) program.


We included 52 patients (28 girls, 24 boys) with an average age of 13 years (PD: 2.23). In the results it was observed that 12 children (23%) presented some type of respiratory disease being the allergy (58.3%) the most reported; and the most commonly used medication (antiallergics, bronchodilators, etc.) in aerosol presentation (40%) and only 4 cases (7.6%) were subjected to some surgery of the respiratory tract, mainly in the adenoids. The snoring was recorded in 30 individuals (57.69%) of whom 18 (58%) belong to the female sex and 13 (42%) to the male sex, without having any association by age or sex. The hours of sleep in the week were on average 9h. (DS = 1.78).


The high frequency of snoring among the respiratory disorders detected in patients who sought orthodontic treatment in the IOA, indicates that the application of a questionnaire was an adequate tool for the detection of SDB and allows children at risk to be identified and referred to a specialist.

Keywords : Respiration Disorders; Snoring; Orthodontics; Child; Paraguay.

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