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Non-traditional Sleep Apnea Treatment
How Myofunctional Therapy may Help with this Condition

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Benefits of a Non-Traditional Sleep Apnea Treatment

It’s common in people with sleep apnea (OSA) to have weak or dysfunctional muscles of the face and mouth. As we age, these muscles lose strength and tone, falling back into the throat during sleep. This results in noisy breathing and snoring, risk factors for OSA and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS). 

Myofunctional therapy helps by providing a series of proven exercises designed to strengthen and tone these muscles, often improving the quality of sleep and sleep apnea scores. 

While I’m not a medical doctor or a sleep specialist, I am a specialist in the function of facial muscles and the methods used to re-train and strengthen them. If you believe you may have sleep apnea, your first step is to meet with a qualified physician, preferably one who specializes in sleep disorders. After that, consider myofunctional therapy as a great adjunct to whatever treatment regimen your doctor prescribes.

Shelly Azevedo BSDH, MS, AOMT-C
Certified Myofunctional Therapist

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