The number of scientific studies is growing in which oromyofunctional therapy (OMFT) is labeled as valuable and effective. Below are some articles that discuss aspects of OMFT, such as sleep apnea and the consequences of restrictive tongue ties.
Is ankyloglossia associated with obstructive sleep apnea?
This article discusses several studies that show that limited tongue mobility (due to a tongue tie that is too short and/or too high attached) affects speaking, chewing, breathing and sleeping. The studies included in this review confirm the association between ankyloglossia (a tongue tie that is too short) and obstructive sleep apnea. Correct surgical intervention in combination with oromyofunctional therapy (OMFT) can lead to an improvement in the quality of life.
Obstructive sleep apnea: focus on myofunctional therapy
This article also discusses several studies showing that OMFT is effective for treating adult patients with mild and moderate obstructive sleep apnea and children with apnea symptoms.
Ankyloglossia as a risk factor for maxillary hypoplasia and soft palate elongation
This study shows a relationship between limited mobility of the tongue (due to a tongue tie that is too short) and the narrowing of the upper jaw and the elevation of the palate.