Weakness or dysfunction in the neuromusculature around the mouth, face, and neck region can cause orofacial myofunctional disorders. These disorders frequently impact the way a person breathes, chews, swallows, or speaks.
For people with obstructive sleep apnea and snoring, the repeated collapse of the upper airway causes a reduction or temporary cessation of airflow, a drop in blood oxygen level, fragmented sleep, and an increased respiratory effort.
Orofacial myofunctional therapy, along with the prescribed non-surgical oral appliance therapy, PAP, or surgical intervention, helps promote changes in dysfunctional and weak upper airway muscles and alleviates some of the symptoms and consequences associated with obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.
Orofacial myofunctional therapy incorporates a series of exercises that target and strengthen the muscles within the oropharynx and tongue. In complementing both non-surgical and surgical approaches to care, myofunctional therapy supports a reduction in symptoms in adults while offering improvements in tongue position, alleviating snoring, improving adherence to CPAP treatment, and enhancing one’s quality of life. It also helps to address residual OSA in children.
At the Sleep, Snoring, & Sinus Clinic of Florida, our goal is to provide comprehensive and integrated care to help every patient breathe easier, sleep well, and experience improved wellness. We provide the latest and most effective treatment to re-educate and optimize neuromuscular function, along with the leading modes of therapeutic and rehabilitative care to optimize nasal breathing.