Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy & Sleep Apnea
I wanted to write this post because I've had several people contact me in search of an alternative treatment for their sleep apnea.
If you found my site because you're desperate for a way to treat your sleep apnea, know that I understand what you're going through. I suffer from mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) myself, and I've tried a CPAP machine, a BiPAP machine and 2 different mandibular advancement appliances. I have not tried to treat my own OSA with OMT. Why? Although research has shown that OMT may help sleep apnea patients, OMT is not currently recognized as a medical treatment for sleep apnea. As more research emerges, it is possible that we could see that change.
Diagnosing and/or treating sleep apnea is not currently within an orofacial myologist's scope of practice, so I do not list it as a service on my page.
So, while the jury is out, I'd be happy to evaluate your oral rest posture and make referrals to appropriate dental and medical providers to evaluate and address airway interferences. I may even recommend OMT, but any improvement in your OSA is coincidental, as I do not treat OSA.