In the past, sleep apnea has been known to mostly affect older men and the most effective way to deal with it was to wear an uncomfortable CPAP machine every night to assist their breathing.
Sleep apnea is on the rise and the health considerations that go along with it are very concerning. Sleep apnea in children is becoming more common and has also been linked to several conditions including ADD, reduced IQ, developmental issues, and can even stunt a child’s growth.
With this, sleep apnea is not limited to older men; Women and children are just as likely to develop this condition which may not have been suggested only a few years ago. An increasing number of sleep specialists are diagnosing and treating patients accordingly. These experts all have a different approach as to which devices they are comfortable with their patients’ using. The most common device is still the CPAP machine, however dental appliances and other therapies are also being introduced. Some therapists may even guide their patients to use the Didgeridoo instrument to aid in overcoming the condition.
Myofunctional Therapy and Sleep Apnea
Myofunctional therapy is a newly recognized and effective therapy that addresses and treats sleep apnea. People who have weak and improperly functioning oral muscles show signs and symptoms of sleep apnea. By strengthening these muscles, the symptoms can be eased in which myofunctional therapy is then able to re-pattern muscles.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
The only professional who is able to diagnose sleep apnea is a medical doctor.
During an evaluation, If I recognize symptoms that could be related, I will recommend that my patient consults with their doctor to learn more about having a sleep test done and what the test entails. Once they have a diagnosis, I can help!