Rochelle McPherson, Assoc. Dip.-Dental Hygiene, OM

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in the Co- Management of the Sleep Disordered Breathing Patient

Course Description

The etiology of sleep disordered breathing is multifactorial. The muscles play an important role in the disorder however treatment of them is often overlooked.

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) also known as Orofacial Myology, is becoming an accepted modality as part of a multi–disciplinary approach to patient care. OMT is treatment of certain disorders of the muscles of the face and mouth, targeting the oral and oropharyngeal structures to improve muscle function and tonicity. Retraining of nasal breathing and lip seal is incorporated within the therapy.

OMT has been well established in the treatment of irregular orofacial development, which can lead to sleep disordered breathing in children. Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) can affect growth and development. These can include non-nutritive sucking, improper swallowing habits and incorrect postures and function of the muscles of the tongue, lips and jaw.

Current literature demonstrates that orofacial myofunctional therapy decreases Apnoea-Hypopnea Index (AHI) in both adults and children. Oxygen saturation and snoring improve in adults. Orofacial myofunctional therapy plays an important adjunctive role in multidisciplinary approach to treat sleep-disordered breathing.  

Learning Outcomes

The participant will be able to:

  1. Identify the impact of OMD on growth and development
  2. Identify the difference between children and adult sleep screening
  3. Understand the adjunctive role OMT plays in the treatment of SDB
  4. Apply OMT techniques for adjunctive treatment of SDB

Timed Agenda

  • 5 minutes Overview
  • 10 minutes Impact of OMD on growth and development
  • 20 minutes Identifying the difference between children and adult sleep screening
  • 20 minutes Understanding the role OMT plays in the treatment of SDB
  • 20 minutes – OMT techniques
  • 10 minutes – Case presentation
  • 5 minutes Q&A

.15 Credits

Wed Mar 17 5:30PM-7:00PM EDT