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Effect of Oropharyngeal Exercise on Obstructive Sleep Apnea

2018, Pune, India, Paper, ISSN:2347-6567, Nilesh Maharudra Andhare, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth; Ujwal Yeole, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, -Source-

Background: Obstructive Sleep apnea is increasing health problem seen in developed as well as developing countries. CPAP is a gold standard treatment protocol used in all over the countries. Because of its cost effectiveness and device related discomfort it is necessary to find alternative treatment regimen. Oropharyngeal exercises are the treatment which involves the correct use of the physiological structures and functions by means of functional exercises and muscular exercises with the aim of increasing the tonus and mobility of oral structures in upper airway obstruction.

There was significant decrease in severity of apnea on STOP-BANG sleep apnea questionnaire, after Oropharyngeal exercises (p<0.0001). Also there were significant increase in oxygen saturation and PEFR values after Oropharyngeal exercises (p<0.0001 and p<0.0044). Conclusion: It is concluded that Oropharyngeal exercise can achieve improvement in Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.

December 7, 2022

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