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.
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.