Effects of one-week tongue task training on sleep apnea severity: A pilot study.

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TitreEffects of one-week tongue task training on sleep apnea severity: A pilot study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Année de Publication2015
AuthorsRousseau E, Melo-Silva C, Gakwaya S, Sériès F
JournalCan Respir J
Volume22
Issue3
Pagination176-8
Date Published2015 May-Jun
ISSN1916-7245
Résumé

The aim of the present study was to assess the effects of one-week tongue-task training (TTT) on sleep apnea severity in sleep apnea subjects. Ten patients with sleep apnea (seven men, mean [± SD] age 52 ± 8 years; mean apnea-hypopnea [AHI] index 20.9 ± 5.3 events/h) underwent 1 h TTT in the authors' laboratory on seven consecutive days. A complete or limited recording and tongue maximal protruding force were assessed before and after one-week TTT. One-week TTT was associated with a global AHI decrease (pre-TTT: 20.9 ± 5.3 events/h; post-TTT: 16.1 ± 5.1 events/h; P<0.001) and AHI decrease during rapid eye movement sleep (pre-TTT: 32.2 ± 18.4 events/h; post-TTT: 16.7 ± 6.6 events/h; P=0.03), while protruding force remained unchanged. The authors consider these results to be potentially clinically relevant and worthy of further investigation in a large randomized trial.

PubMed ID25874736
PubMed Central IDPMC4470553
Grant List89985 / / Canadian Institutes of Health Research / Canada