Myofunctional therapy tries to address the underlying causes of obstructive sleep apnea. If the jaw is underdeveloped or retruded, the airway is more susceptible to collapse. Myofunctional therapy strives to alter the muscular habits that contribute to underdevelopment or malposition of the jaw.
The jaw system is a complex combination of muscles, joints, bones, and teeth. These elements depend on one another and develop together, but the muscles are the key. The muscles have the power to bend the rest of the elements to suit them.
Myofunctional therapy takes advantage of this. By retraining the muscles, it works to put the entire system into a healthier state. This can have many positive effects, including a reduction or elimination of sleep apnea, improvement of TMJ, and potentially eliminating the need for orthodontic treatment.
Sleep Apnea Surgery
Sleep apnea surgery is performed to alter the size and shape of your airway. Although sleep apnea surgery can be effective, it is not usually considered a frontline sleep apnea treatment because it has a lower success rate, a higher relapse rate, and more complications than other sleep apnea treatments.
However, if other sleep apnea treatments do not prove successful or are just not suitable for you, sleep apnea surgery might be the right choice.
Which Sleep Apnea Treatment Is Right for You?
If you have decided which sleep apnea treatment you think might be best for you, or if you want someone to talk to about your options, please call 201-546-8512 or email the River Edge Dental Center for TMJ, Sleep Apnea, & Reconstructive Dentistry today.