NYU Langone Dental Medicine Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry Manuscript Published

The authorship team of the NYU Langone Dental Medicine Pediatric Dentistry multi-location Research Team is proud to share its recently published manuscript, "Opportunity for Interprofessional Collaboration: Screening for Pediatric Sleep-Disordered Breathing by Dentists" in the journal, "Pediatric Dentistry" (see full manuscript  Download , PubMed citation and abstract below, and link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33369554/). 

Okuji D, Healy E, Wu Y. Opportunity for Interprofessional Collaboration: Screening for Pediatric Sleep-Disordered Breathing by Dentists. Pediatr Dent. 2020 Nov 15;42(6):436-440. PMID: 33369554. 


Purpose: This study’s purpose was to examine the sociodemographic and clinical correlates of sleep-disordered breathing in children

receiving care at health center dental clinics. 

Methods: Data were collected from the Pediatric Sleep Questionnaire and the health records for two to18-year-old children at health centers located in seven states. 

Results: Subjects included 1,000 children (46.3 percent female, 53 percent Hispanic, 70.7 percent white), with mean (± standard deviation) age of 6.89±2.51. Of the sample, 11.9 percent had a Pediatric Sleep Questionnaire score of at least eight. On multiple logistic mixed-effect analysis, age, American Society of Anesthesiology status, anterior overjet, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and obesity were significant predictors of the presence of a Pediatric Sleep Questionnaire score of at least eight at a significance level of P=0.05. 

Conclusions: With 11.9 percent of the subjects at risk for sleep-disordered breathing conditions, dentists have an opportunity for interprofessional collaboration with primary and specialist physicians. Dentists should routinely screen children with the Pediatric Sleep Questionnaire tool, cross-reference-associated clinical indicators (such as age, American Society of Anesthesiology status, anterior overjet, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and obesity), optimize orofacial growth and development, and refer to and coordinate with physicians to manage high-risk children. 

We acknowledge the research contributions of NYU Langone Dental Medicine's pediatric dentistry graduates who served as sub-investigators for the study: 

  1. Arizona:                 Dr. Jeffrey Chang, Dr. Scarlet Kim, Dr. Nikita Kuppanda, Dr. Weston Milne
  2. Florida:                  Dr. Jennifer Sylvian
  3. Hawaii:                  Dr. Supriya Koirala, Dr. Michelle Yang
  4. New York:              Dr. Jenna Yu
  5. Maryland:              Dr. Gurjote Dhaliwal, Dr. Rohit Sethi
  6. Massachusetts:     Dr. Krystal Kazemba, Dr. Yun Kim, Dr. Naomi La
  7. Tennessee:           Dr. Tiffany Rangel

Our team's success is a testament to the hard work and diligence by the team members and their commitment to pediatric oral and general health, and the continuing support of NYU Langone Health.


Scroll to Top