Is Myofunctional Therapy Right for Your Sleep Apnea?
But how do you know if myofunctional therapy is right for your sleep apnea? Here are some factors to consider.
Do You Have Mild or Moderate Sleep Apnea?
If you have mild or moderate sleep apnea, myofunctional therapy might be a good treatment option. The breathing improvements with myofunctional therapy could be enough to remove sleep apnea symptoms altogether.
Do You Want to Reduce Your Severe Sleep Apnea?
If you have severe sleep apnea, you likely need a treatment that addresses your condition quickly. For many people, CPAP is the only frontline treatment considered acceptable by their doctor. However, while using CPAP, you can also practice myofunctional therapy. This can reduce the severity of your sleep apnea to the point where you might not need CPAP anymore–you can switch to more comfortable and convenient oral appliance therapy.
Do You Experience Breathing Problems During the Day?
Sleep apnea treatments like CPAP and oral appliance therapy only help you breathe at night. However, many people with sleep apnea–especially severe sleep apnea–also experience breathing difficulties during the day. If you find that you get easily winded during the day because you just can’t take in enough air, or if you’re forced to breathe through your mouth during the day, myofunctional therapy might be right for you.
Do You Have Other Issues Myofunctional Therapy Might Improve?
One of the great benefits of myofunctional therapy is that it doesn’t just address sleep apnea–it can help with many issues caused by OMDs. Some of the common problems that myofunctional therapy can help with include:
- Crowded or crooked teeth
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ / TMD)
- Lips that don’t close over teeth
- Unattractive profile, especially a weak jaw or receding chin
When you use myofunctional therapy to reshape your jaw and skull, you create effects that can cure or improve many problems at once. As the jaw grows, it not only expands the space for the airway, it makes more space for crowded teeth. Learning to bite and chew more healthily can reduce symptoms of TMJ, including headaches and migraines. Expanding the jaw can reduce the appearance of a receding jaw.