Tess Graham BSc, PGD Phty, Dip. BM

Breathing Volume Matters: A Key Element to Enhanced Outcomes with OMD

Course Description

It is now accepted that chronic oral breathing is an important clinical marker of orofacial muscle dysfunction. It is also known to be associated with abnormal dento-facial development including palatal growth restriction, compromised airway, and an increased risk of obstructive sleep apnea in adults and children. What is not so well known is that chronic oral breathing is an indicator of a fundamental disturbance in baseline (awake and asleep) breathing pattern, an elevated drive to breathe, and a sympathetic dominant state.

This theoretical and experiential workshop provides an understanding of relevant respiratory physiology and tools to identify and address dysfunctional breathing habits and abnormal drive to breathe, that may underlie, aggravate, and perpetuate orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD), and airway and sleep disorders, and prevent, delay and destabilize attempts to restore nasal breathing pattern.

Clinical and research findings and case studies are used to illustrate incidence, and the application and results of comprehensive breathing retraining in these disorders. You will practice basic skills to apply in a clinical situation to down-regulate an elevated drive to breathe, defuse the stress response and to improve and stabilize breathing for immediate and long-term benefits.

 Learning Outcomes

The participant will be able to

  1. Identify relevant elements of a dysfunctional breathing pattern.
  2. Recognize dysfunctional breathing and its relationship to sympathetic dominant state, tissue oxygenation, nasal congestion, oral function, airway mechanics, adult and pediatric sleep-breathing disorders and general health and wellbeing.
  3. Explain the breathing retraining process and resetting the drive to breathe.
  4. Utilize techniques and approaches for enhanced outcomes for OMD and airway/sleep disorders.

 Timed Agenda

  • 10 minutes -- Overview
  • 20 minutes – Breathing Pattern Assessment – signs and symptoms of dysfunctional breathing 20 minutes -- Normal vs dysfunctional breathing
  • 20 minutes – Physiological, mechanical and biochemical consequences of dysfunctional breathing
  • 30 minutes -- Breathing retraining process and practice of 3 first-step techniques
  • 20 minutes -- Q & A

.2 CE Credits

Sat, Mar 13 2021 4:00PM - 6:00 PM EST