Using the Sleep Disorder Breathing (SDB) Form

When it comes to pediatric ortho cases, ensuring you are using the correct paperwork is hugely important – and as part of this, knowing when to use an SDB, or sleep disorder breathing, form is crucial.
When Should You Use a Sleep Disorder Breathing Form During Orthodontic Consulting?
As part of your orthodontic consulting services, you should not necessarily provide an SDB form in the initial packet that you provide all prospective clients, since this form needs to come with very specific instructions before it is filled out. As such,
If you have a regular Class I patient with plenty of space between the teeth with normal facial anatomy and who isn’t struggling with sleep disorder breathing, they will not need to complete this form. However, if a patient does experience difficulties with breathing during sleep, the parents will need to dedicate several evenings to filling out the form. Crucially, they should be looking for factors such as mouth breathing, sleeping noises, and the like.
If you observe mouth breathing while the child is in the office, or if there is anterior openbite, crowding, a constricted upper arch, a long face, a gummy smile, speech issues, or any other red flags, you will likely want to prescribe the SDB form. In addition, if the parent has expressed any concerns about their child’s breathing, this is worth investigating.
Ensure Parents Dedicate Enough Time to Completing the Form
Making sure parents are aware of what they should be looking for when assessing their child’s sleep is crucial. In addition, during the initial orthodontic consulting session, ensure the parents check the child several times throughout the night over several nights; this helps give a more balanced understanding of how the child breathes during a typical night’s sleep.
Remember: most parents won’t necessarily observe their children closely during sleep, so encouraging them to check their child regularly during sleep is vital. If appropriate, filming the child’s sleep can help give a clearer impression.
Don’t panic if you haven’t prescribed the SDB form during the initial orthodontic consulting session. Indeed, when developing your treatment plan, there’s no harm in asking the parent to complete an SDB form later to get the extra information – which can help inform your treatment plan design more accurately.
Contact Us for Our SDB Form
We are thrilled to be able to offer our SDB form free to clients who have worked with us in the recent past, be it attending one of our webinars or booking a package directly with our team. As such, if you’ve been on one of our webinars in the past week, or if you’ve done an A La Carte session with us over the last seven days, make sure to drop us an email to request your copy of our SDB form. Plus, if you’re on one of our ongoing plans, we can offer this form for free at any time during your plan.