Christian Guilleminault


A review of recent scientific literature on the connections of oronasal functions and OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) will be presented. Myofunctional therapy rarely is considered in the treatment of pediatric SDB (sleep-disordered breathing) and yet, absence of myofascial treatment is associated with a recurrence of SDB. Current data supports the connection between orofacial muscle activity, oropharyngeal development and abnormal muscle contraction of upper airway muscles during sleep in patients with SDB.

Dr. Christian Guilleminault is a physician and researcher in the field of sleep medicine who played a central role in the early discovery of obstructive sleep apnea and has made seminal discoveries in many other areas of sleep medicine. Guilleminault continues to be a prolific researcher in the field of sleep medicine and has authored over six hundred articles in peer-reviewed medical journals to date and has won several awards for his research in the field of sleep medicine. He was a founding member of the Association of Sleep Disorders Centers in 1975 and was elected to be the first editor of the journal Sleep in June 1976, a role in which he continued to serve until 1997. He continues to practice clinical medicine and contribute to research endeavors at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine.

Learning Outcomes:

– Examine the impact of sleep disorders in children.
– Identify connections between sleep disorders and the orofacial and nasopharyngeal complex.
– Describe the contribution of myofunctional therapy in treatment of OSA.