Dr. Stosich Helps Airway Specialist Treat Children with Obstructive Sleep Apnea
GRAYSLAKE, WAUKEGAN, ILLINOIS — In addition to his prestigious appointment to the University of Chicago’s craniofacial services team, Dr. Michael Stosich recently was asked to share his orthodontics expertise to help treat children who have obstructive sleep apnea.
Dr. Fuad Baroody, director of pediatric otolaryngology at the University of Chicago, asked Wilmette IL, family orthodontist Dr. Stosich to work with him in the complex airway clinic.
Between one and 10 percent of children suffer from obstructive sleep apnea – a condition in which airflow pauses or decreases while asleep because the airway narrows, gets blocked or becomes floppy, according to an article on the American Academy of Family Physicians website. Most children only exhibit mild symptoms, and many outgrow OSA. OSA often is the result of adenotonsillar hypertrophy, neuromuscular disease or craniofacial abnormalities.
Because Dr. Stosich has worked for years with children who have craniofacial abnormalities, he has extensive experience in providing treatment to correct OSA. He looks forward to being more involved with that type of treatment at the University of Chicago.
“I’m looking forward to helping bridge the disparity gap to guide the cranial portion of treatment,” says the Wilmette IL, affordable braces provider.
Dr. Stosich will help address these young patients’ issues through growth modification. He can provide customized growth modification appliances that will meet each child’s individual needs.
Some may wonder why this partnership hasn’t been created sooner. The truth is, University of Chicago leadership had been searching for seven years to find a craniofacial orthodontist to join the team, but were unable to find a professional who could meet their needs. Dr. Stosich says it is a privilege to have been selected.
“Now there is a complete craniofacial team,” he says. “It is filled with a lot of amazing doctors – some of the best in their field – so it’s incredible to be part of that team.”
The specialties represented include plastic surgery; ear, nose and throat; orthodontics; speech therapy; genetics; pediatrics; and family counseling.
Dr. Stosich says he hopes potential patients and parents of pediatric patients in his practice view this appointment as another reason to entrust him with their orthodontic care.
“The University of Chicago is the best, and I am proud to be associated with it,” he says. “Because I have experience in working with some of the most complicated orthodontic cases imaginable, I hope that shows parents that I can provide excellent care when it comes time for them to get braces for their children.”
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