Sleep therapy is used to treat Sleep Apnea, a condition which affects roughly 30 million people in the United States alone. In addition to making it hard to get a good night’s sleep, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can contribute to the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, depression, chronic acid reflux, and cognitive decline.
Oral appliances are effective, non-invasive treatments that can help patients cope with their sleep apnea and get back to well-rested nights and healthier lives. The two most common types of sleep appliances include tongue retaining devices—which help pull the tongue away from the mouth during sleep—and mandibular advancement devices, which are anchored to the teeth to correct jaw misalignment during sleep.
Studies have shown improvement in sleep apnea symptoms through specific physical therapy exercises involving the tongue. Our office is happy to educate you on different tongue exercises that may help improve your sleep apnea in conjunction with other modalities and treatments. There’s also been data to show that regular aerobic activity can have a positive impact on sleep apnea patients.
Do you have questions about sleep apnea? We’ve got answers! Find some of the most frequently asked questions below, or contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any other inquiry you have.