What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)?
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, commonly called Myofunctional Therapy, is the process by which new neuromuscular connections are created to restore proper nasal breathing and function to the muscles of the face, mouth, and airway. Correct muscle function of facial and oral structures can improve sleep quality, minimize sleep apnea, correct speech impediments, decrease chronic pain of the head and neck as well as decrease chronic migraines and TMJ pain.
It's like physical therapy for the face and mouth
Rebecca Rose, RDH
I have been successfully treating and educating dental patients in private practice for nearly 30 years. I am passionate about helping my patients improve their health and enjoy a greater quality of life!
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Rebecca Rose, RDH
"First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your habits, or they'll eventually conquer you."
Dr. Rob Gilbert
Tongue tie (Ankyloglossia) is a physical restriction of the tongue that affects function, mobility and rest position. This mild midline defect adversely affects dental and facial growth in children. A restricted tongue may create an obstructed airway. When left untreated, tongue tie can lead to chronic headaches, jaw pain, neck pain, and more.
Sleep Apnea and Snoring are the most widely recognized conditions within the broader category of Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). Other conditions include restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement, and parasomnias ( e.g. night terrors, sleep walking, sleep paralysis, etc.). It is thought that approximately 90 MILLION Americans are affected by SDB.
Mouth Breathing is a dysfunctional behavior. It is neither healthy nor normal. Mouth breathing causes chronic dryness of oral tissues. This dryness leads to inflammation of the oropharynx, tonsils, and gingiva. It increases tooth decay and causes bad breath.
Who Benefits from Myofunctional Therapy?
OMT will benefit clients of ALL ages who have one or more of the following conditions or behaviors:
TONGUE TIE (ANKYLOGLOSSIA) * TONGUE THRUST * THUMB SUCKING * TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DISORDER (TMD) * MOUTH BREATHING * SPEECH IMPAIRMENT * HISTORY OF PALATAL EXPANSION / ORTHODONTIA * SLEEP APNEA * SNORING