Advanced Principles of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy for the Sleep Disordered Breathing Patient


This advanceD course builds on key learnings from the four-day foundation course, and further develops skills and therapy techniques to treat the sleep disordered breathing patient.

Course content covers both children and adult patients.

Course Overview

The aetiology of sleep disordered breathing is multifactorial. The muscles play an important role in the disorder, however treatment of them is often over-looked.

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.

Topics Covered:

  • Goal of OMT in the treatment of the SDB patient

  • Screening sleep and airway related issues in both children and adults

  • Screening babies – what to look for in regards to correct orofacial development

  • Importance to evaluate myofunctional disorders in regards to the individual

  • Evaluating muscle function

  • Importance of lip seal, tongue position, tongue range of motion

  • Importance of improving tonicity of lips, tongue and oropharynx

  • Importance of correct tongue posture, head and shoulder posture for diaphramatic breathing

  • Importance of correct swallow and lip seal to increase the intra-oral negative pressure during sleep 

  • Explore non-nutritive sucking habits in SDB child (role non-nutritive sucking plays in the SDB child)

  • OMT for the SDB patient - both children and adults

Course Venue:

Saturday 12th October 2019
Stamford Plaza, 111 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC

Cost: $450         

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