Tongue Strength Study

If you have questions about this study, please contact us at, or (858)246-2154. Alternatively, you may fill out our volunteer survey form so our research staff members can reach out to you. 

‚ÄčOur research team at UC San Diego is conducting a study to investigate whether tongue-strengthening exercises might be an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). We are seeking volunteers who have been diagnosed with OSA for this 6-week study. 

Principal Investigator and Collaborator:

Atul Malhotra, MD, Todd Morgan, DMD

Maximum compensation for completing entire study (exercises done over 6 weeks):



  • Age 18-79 years
  • Known diagnosis of OSA
  • What you may be asked to do during this study:

  • Home sleep test, if necessary, to determine presence and severity of OSA
  • Two visits to the UCSD Sleep Clinic in La Jolla, for the measuring of your tongue strength before and after 6 weeks of tongue exercises
  • Two visits to Dr. Todd Morgan, DMD, for fitting and delivery of a custom dental device used during the study
  • Perform tongue strengthening exercises with dental device for 10 minutes twice a day, for 6 weeks
  • Complete study questionnaires 
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