C] Why Choose Myofunctional Therapy for Sleep Apnea?
Myofunctional therapy helps strengthen and tone muscles of throat, soft palate and tongue which can reduce the symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing and improve mild to moderate OSA. It can also prevent a relapse of sleep apnea post-surgical treatment. When it comes to sleep apnea treatment options, Myofunctional therapy is highly recommended because:
1. It is Non-invasive:
For those suffering from sleep apnea, the risks that develop from surgical complications are high. Hence, it is better to select a non-invasive sleep apnea treatment such as Myofunctional therapy, which is a physical exercise program used to improve nasal breathing and correct posture by re-patterning the head, face, tongue and neck muscles.
2. It Treats Multiple Problems:
Besides sleep apnea, Myofunctional therapy can also be used to treat other conditions such as:
Teeth Clenching and Grinding
Recovery from tongue tie
Difficulty in chewing or eating food
Lips don’t stay close
While other sleep apnea treatments focus only on treating sleep apnea, oral Myofunctional therapy can simultaneously resolve other conditions.
3. It Helps Establish Healthy Lifetime Habits:
Sleep apnea treatment like CPAP only benefits a person for as long as they keep using it. If you start using a CPAP machine (sleep apnea device), you would have to use it for the rest of your life.
Whereas, Myofunctional therapy can help you establish healthy sleeping habits that can improve your health for a lifetime. It can help decrease the severity of sleep apnea and improve breathing problems caused during sleep. It can help decrease snoring and daytime sleepiness. It can also be used alongside CPAP therapy to improve the compliance of patients with CPAP machines.
The best part, when Myofunctional therapy is combined with Breath Retraining, it can help:
Establish nasal breathing
Improve your ability to move oral muscles properly
Balance moods, leading to clearer thinking
Improve facial symmetry
Increase the tone & mobility of oral structures
Correct the use of oral structures (tongue, lip and cheek muscles). This will help improve breathing, swallowing, suction and chewing.
4. It Works Alongside other Treatments:
This is another benefit of using Myofunctional therapy. It will not interfere with your CPAP or other oral appliance therapy. Also, since the entire treatment is planned step-by-step under the guidance of an experienced therapist, you can be assured of optimal results.