Upper Airway Reflexes are Preserved During Dexmedetomidine Sedation in Children With Down Syndrome and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

STUDY OBJECTIVES The assessment of pharyngeal collapsibility is difficult to perform in children under normal sleep. An alternative is to perform the assessment under an anesthetic, such as dexmedetomidine (DEX), that induces non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep. The objectives of this study were to compare critical closing airway pressure (Pcrit) obtained… CONTINUE READING