Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is described as a collapse of the upper airway structures and is caused by the relaxation of muscles of the tongue and soft palate with the tongue being sucked against the back of the tongue stopping the airway flow
We used to think that overweight older men are the ones predisposed to these apneic episodes.
The latest research is confirming the day-by-day clinical observations that Sleep apnea affects any age and gender, surprisingly occurring in slender, young women, and even children.
75% of the OSA sufferers are undiagnosed and Sleep apnea is taking now center stage as the “ hidden health crisis”.
In adults, disrupted sleep, and repeated low blood oxygen levels during the episodes lead to very serious cardiovascular problems, impairment of cognition, mood and daytime alertness, erectile dysfunction, occupational and motor vehicle accidents. Recently, a study concluded that patients with OSA were eight times more likely to be infected with COVID-19 than others of similar age
In kids, sleep apnea had been linked to learning disabilities, hyperactivity and metabolic (growth and hormone) problems.
About your child:
• Sleeping with their mouth open and/or neck extended
• Nocturnal sweats
• Loud snoring or stops breathing during sleep
• Teeth grinding noises
• Persistent bedwetting episodes (enuresis
• Restlessness during sleep
• Headaches and dry mouth in the morning
• Difficult to wake them up
• Hyperactivity or extreme daytime sleepiness
• Lack of focus
• Mood swings
The future of health relies heavily on restorative and cleansing sleep.
The value of Myofunctional therapy in addressing Sleep apnea is getting more and more recognition from the Medical and Sleep doctors.
Strengthening the tongue and oral muscles, training the proper tongue rest posture will improve the airway patency at night, ameliorating greatly the symptoms of Sleep apnea.
Research shows that myofunctional therapy decreases apnea/hypopnea index by approximately 50% in adults and 62% in children.
Other study showed reduced severity of mild to moderate Sleep apnea and increased compliance wearing the prescribed appliances.
Myofunctional therapy continues to prove its strategic value in the multidisciplinary approach of the OSA.
Our experience working with Sleep apnea patients and the close collaboration with your Sleep doctor, Dentist or Medical doctor will provide the best outcome with long term results for your physical and mental wellbeing.