Lungs & airways

Patient views needed for a Cochrane review on mouth exercises for OSA (obstructive sleep apnoea)

Skills: Consumer Input, Peer Review - Consumer
Myofunctional therapy (oropharyngeal exercises) for obstructive sleep apnoea

OSA symptoms include snoring, unsatisfactory rest, daytime sleepiness — and unspecific symptoms such as low energy or fatigue, tiredness, initial insomnia and morning headaches. OSA is associated with an increased risk of occupational injuries, metabolic diseases, cardiovascular diseases, mortality, and being involved in traffic accidents.

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is considered the first treatment option for most people with OSA. However adherence to CPAP is often poor probably due to side effects which include discomfort, nasal congestion, abdominal bloating, mask leaks, claustrophobia and inconvenience of regular usage.

Mouth exercises (myofunctional therapy) could be an option for people with OSA, either alone or combined with CPAP. These exercises may involve several muscles and areas of the mouth, pharynx and upper respiratory tract, working on functions such as speech, breathing, blowing, suction, chewing or swallowing.

Ideal Applicant

Patients with a diagnosis of OSA or those who personally care for family members/friends with OSA.

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