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Sleep Breathing Disorders

Snoring can essentially be the early sign of developing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)- a serious medical condition in which your brain and body are deprived of oxygen while you sleep.

Upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) is very similar to OSA in that the soft tissue of the throat relaxes, reducing the size of the airway. The increased effort to breathe often causes brief awakenings (often undetected by the affected individual), daytime sleepiness and cognitive impairment. Women are more likely to have UARS, which is often accompanied by symptoms of insomnia, morning headaches, chronic fatigue, anxiety or depression.

Snoring, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) all indicate a restricted airway. If you have been associated with any of the terms listed below, please consider a phone consult to learn how myofunctional therapy may help your individual symptoms.

  • Snoring

  • Sleep apnea

  • Sleep breathing disorders

  • Mouth breathing

  • Drooling

  • ADHD-like symptoms

  • Tongue-tie/tethered oral tissues (TOTs)

  • Teeth grinding

  • Anxiety

  • Forward-head posture

  • Chronic ear infections

  • Digestive Issues

  • GERD

  • Insomnia

  • Bed-wetting

  • Chronic pain

  • Morning headaches

If the tongue tends to rest on the floor of the mouth rather than along the palate, the oral muscles are not functioning properly and this can contribute to obstructions of your airway. Myofunctional therapy can help re-pattern tongue posture and strengthen these airway specific muscles in order to reduce your snoring and/or sleep apnea symptoms. Sometimes there are physical limitations and it is always important to assure that no tongue-tie or nasal blockage is present. ENTs and sleep medicine specialists can help with diagnosing airway disorders.

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