Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
What to Expect

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Evaluation

A screening can identify signs and symptoms of OMDs. A myofunctional assessment will evaluate oral structures and functions, and allow for an individual therapy plan. Each therapy appointment addresses your goals, and we meet on average every two weeks over a period of months. Therapy exercises are given to be done routinely at home. Virtual sessions may be an option.

Goals of Myofunctional Therapy

Each person’s therapy plan is individualized, but overall goals are generally to resolve harmful habits and re-learn muscle functions to promote proper growth and development, and restore proper tongue and lip resting postures. Removing habits like thumb or finger sucking, and myofunctional therapy can improve breathing quality, mouth rest posture, drooling, poor table manners, and poor sleep quality.

Exercises

A major focus of myofunctional therapy is exercises that train your tongue to spontaneously rest on the roof of your mouth. The patient and parent/guardian must understand that progress and results can be delayed if there is a lack of commitment and daily participation. Therapy goals may require collaboration of other dental or health care providers before or during your myofunctional therapy program. Oral health and wellness are very much connected to our overall health and wellness.

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    We are passionate about helping those with Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders succeed and achieve results that are life changing.

    We sees both children and adults with OMDs (tongue thrust, low tongue posture, weak lip seal, open mouth posture, mouth breathing).

    Sherry Cline RDH, BSDH

    Myofunctional Therapist

    • Registered dental hygienist for 20 years

      • Graduated from Phoenix College 2001
      • President of my graduating class
      • Graduated with Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene 2020
      • 3.6 GPA
    • Dental Coordinator and volunteer for The Flying Samaritans Phoenix Chapter

      • Volunteer group of medical and dental providers servicing free care in Baja, Mexico
    • Arizona Native (2nd generation)
    • Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine staff

      • Instruct dental students on dental hygiene, periodontal disease and clinical instrumentation along with clinical hygiene patient load.
    • Laser Certification for Er,Cr:YSGG dental laser

    • Completion of classes:

      • AOMT orofacial myofunctional therapy
      • Tongue-Tie academy
      • Fast and functional TMJ treatments
      • Buteyko Breathing
    • Inventor and owner of Aqua Aire cushion

    • Hobbies include:

      • Motorcycle riding
      • Cooking
      • Golfing
      • Rock climbing
      • Hiking with my dog