Sleep Disordered breathing
While sleep apnea may be thought of as a condition that only affects older or overweight men new research has emerged to prove this stereotype wrong. Now we know that this condition can be a problem for women and children as well, leading to a myriad of other health issues.
When children suffer from sleep apnea it can be linked to ADD/ADHD, stunted growth, lower IQ, and developmental issues.
When the tongue rests low in the mouth the muscles are not functioning properly and the airway can be obstructed. This can be related to a physical problem (tongue-tie) or habit (mouth breathing/low tongue posture).
Medical doctors and sleep specialists can make this diagnosis through a sleep study. In previous years a CPAP machine was the only course of treatment, now other options are available to patients like dental appliances.
Myofunctional therapy could be a promising adjunct therapy for those that suffer from sleep apnea or other forms of sleep disordered breathing. Myofunctional therapy can help strengthen weak or dysfunctional muscles as well as correct habits to get the tongue into the correct position. When the tongue is in the correct spot it can prevent the airway from being obstructed and help reduce symptoms of sleep apnea or sleep disordered breathing.