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Myofunctional Therapy to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

2015, Redwood City, CA, Meta-Analysis, PMID: 25348130, Macario Camacho MD, Victor Certal MD, Jose Abdullatif MD, Soroush Zaghi MD, Chad M. Ruoff MD, Robson Capasso MD, and Clete A. Kushida MD, PhD1, -Source-

Objective: To systematically review the literature for articles evaluating myofunctional therapy (MT) as treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children and adults and to perform a meta-analysis on the polysomnographic, snoring, and sleepiness data.

Conclusion: Current literature demonstrates that myofunctional therapy decreases apnea-hypopnea index by approximately 50% in adults and 62% in children. Lowest oxygen saturations, snoring, and sleepiness outcomes improve in adults. Myofunctional therapy could serve as an adjunct to other obstructive sleep apnea treatments.

December 7, 2022