Sleep Apnea Research & Myofunctional Therapy

A 2015 study titled Myofunctional Therapy to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis looked at a number of previous studies and concluded:

“Current literature demonstrates that myofunctional therapy decreases apnea-hypopnea index by approximately 50% in adults and 62% in children. Lowest oxygen saturations, snoring, and sleepiness outcomes improve in adults. Myofunctional therapy could serve as an adjunct to other obstructive sleep apnea treatments.”

This couldn’t be truer. Myofunctional therapy is an incredibly effective component of any approach to treating sleep apnea.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Sleep ApneaMyofunctional therapy is a great place to start and address a mouth breathing habit. The reason children can experience such profound developmental changes from a mouth breathing habit is that their bones and structure can be easily changed and influenced. With children and  the right intervention, we can remodel their facial structure far more easily than we can in adults.

In Adults

Myofunctional therapy exercises can have a huge impact on adults too. In fact, some of my patients are in their 60’s and 70’s and they get great results as well. It’s never too late to address sleep apnea and other breathing or airway issues.

How can myofunctional therapy help you sleep better?2019-11-21T02:38:24+00:00

It’s not often that you hear myofunctional therapy as an option to help treat sleep apnea. That has been changing as multiple studies have shown myofunctional therapy as a great way to address and help to treat sleep apnea. Myofunctional therapy helps strengthen the oral muscles that have been improperly functioning or weakened from improper use. Sleep-related health issues in patients often are a result of the dysfunctional muscles. Myofunctional therapy is a exercised-based treatment that re-strengthens and re-patterns these muscles. That’s why so many patients see improvement versus other sleep-enhancement options.


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