Marieli Bussi, Speech Language Pathologist, Specialized in Orofacial Myology       10/2/2021

Speech and Language Pathologist, graduated in 2001; Specialist in Orofacial Myology; Certified in Sleep by the Brazilian Association of Sleep with over 10 years of experience working in a multidisciplinary team with sleep breathing disorders at Campinas University (UNICAMP). Member of Orofacial Myology Brazilian Association (ABRAMO). Master’s student, researching the effects of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in sleep breathing disorders.

Sleep Disordered Breathing: A Myofunctional Therapy Perspective      6 hours


What is the role of orofacial myofunctional therapy in the treatment of sleep disordered breathing? What muscles are involved in sleep? What are their related functions?  As an orofacial myologist, it’s imperative to recognize the anatomy and physiology of sleep, being able to interpret each sleep stage, the consequences of sleep disorders, and knowing your role in the multidisciplinary team. When do you use orofacial myology with adjunctive treatment modalities? We will discuss the types of exercises (Isotonic, isometric, isokinetic) and how they work, understanding the importance of functional work. 


At the end of this course, you will be able to:


  1. Describe the physiology of sleep and what happens in each sleep stage                                               
  2. Explain the most common respiratory sleep disorders and list the health consequences                    
  3. Identify which type of exercise is best for my treatment goal
  4. Assess each patient’s therapeutic limitations