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Oral Myofunctional Therapy "OMT/ MFT/ Myofunctional Therapy/ Myotherapy"

WHAT IS MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY?

Oral Myofunctional therapy is an exercise program used to correct the improper function of the tongue and facial muscles. It involves strengthening of the tongue and orofacial muscles by teaching individuals how to tone and use the muscles in order to achieve essential functions like nasal breathing and swallowing.

HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY EXERCISES TO IMPROVE
BREATHING, ORAL HABITS, SWALLOWING AND POSTURE

The habits we develop in our youth inevitably translate to behaviors later in life. By training the muscles in the face to act in their optimal biological way, muscle memory can keep the teeth and jaw in alignment as we grow and develop. (In many cases eliminating the need for future orthodontics).

WHAT ARE ORAL MYOFUNCTIONAL DISORDERS (OMD's)?

Jaw growth

Face development

Teeth alignment

Oral hygiene and dental cavities

Chewing

Speech

Swallowing

Occlusion (the way teeth bite)

Oral habits like thumb sucking, nail biting

Pencil chewing, hair picking or curling etc

Teeth grinding or clenching

TMJ disorders

Stability of orthodontics treatment

Nasal breathing

Sleep disorders

Facial esthetics

Headaches

Neck and shoulder pain

Back pain

Forward head and neck posture

Dr. Ankita Shah
Dr. Shah provides
Virtual Myofunctional
Therapy
Myomentor Graduate

Dr. Ankita Shah

Dr. Ankita Shah and our Team at Dentician are grateful to be in position to provide online Oral Myofunctional therapy consultations for those suffering from airway issues, Orofacial Pain, Sleep Apnea, Tongue-tie and Speech Impediments GLOBALLY, in the comfort of their own home. We are honored to be considered emerging leaders in airway and breathing health in India.

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY FOR OPTIMAL TONGUE TIE RELEASE

Myofunctional therapy is used as an important adjunct before and after Functional Frenuloplasty (tongue tie surgery) to achieve complete success out of the procedure. Before the surgery, Myofunctional Therapy tones the muscles, re-educates the tongue for performing the functions and prepares the tongue to undergo the release procedure. Our goal is to cultivate an awareness of muscle use and develop a therapy program of regular exercises designed specifically to meet your needs.

Just as physical therapy helps to train our bodies back into optimal shape after an injury, Myofunctional therapy helps by training the soft tissues of the tongue, face, neck, and mouth to function at the height of their ability.

Myofunctional Therapy involves the use of a therapeutic approach to tone these muscles in order to achieve essential functions like nasal breathing, swallowing which should come to us naturally. It also helps correct poor oral habits that restrict proper growth and development.

Thumb Sucking

Choking/ Gagging

Mouth breathing

Picky eating

Finger sucking

Lip biting

Snoring

Pencil Chewing

Drooling

Drooling

Tongue thrusting

Noisy Breathing

Pacifier habit

Nail Biting

Poor Posture

Teeth Grinding

Bottle feeding habit

Proper diagnosis allows for targeted and effective OMT exercises for oral posture retraining to promote better health with goals to improve breathing, swallowing, reduce pain, and enhance quality of life. Please refer to Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy for a more detailed explanation.

BENEFITS OF MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY WITH BREATH RETRAINING

The purpose of myofunctional therapy is to emphasize on correct resting posture of tongue and lips with the goal of facilitating proper nasal/ diaphragmatic breathing. The nose’s primary function is inhaling oxygen, followed by filtering air, warming and humidifying it which allows our body to get more usable oxygen. This in turn has a profound effect on growth and development of the face and airway. The benefits of Myofunctional Therapy when combined with Breath Retraining are:

Balanced moods

Clearer thinking

Healthy energy

Straighten teeth

Better facial symmetry

No Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea

Ability to move oral muscles properly

Increasing the tone and mobility of oral structures which can be damaged in apneic patients

Correct use of oral structures i.e. the tongue, lip and cheek muscles will help breathing, swallowing, suction and chewing

The Art of Myofunctional Therapy

We highly recommend that myofunctional therapy exercises be performed under the supervision of a certified and experienced pediatric dentist trained for myofunctional therapy and sleep dentistry. Please note that different sets of exercises are often recommended to each patient depending on the specific anatomic profile and orofacial dysfunction of each individual. The exercises prescribed are often modified and individually-tailored as appropriate according to a step-by-step treatment plan under the guidance of an experienced therapist.

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MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY AS A CURE

Recent research has shown that myofunctional therapy may reduce the symptoms of sleep disordered breathing (such as snoring), and ameliorate mild to moderate OSA (obstructive sleep apnea). It has also been shown to prevent relapse of sleep apnea after surgical treatment. In addition, myofunctional therapy exercises play a critically important role in recovery after lingual frenuloplasty and to maintain the results of orthodontic treatment.

1. Macario Camacho; Victor Certal, MD2; Jose Abdullatif; Soroush Zaghi; Chad M. Ruoff; Robson Capasso, Clete A. Kushida. Myofunctional Therapy to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. SLEEP, Vol. 38, No. 5, 2015:669-675

2. Márcio Alexandre Homem, Raquel Gonçalves Vieira-Andrade, Saulo Gabriel Moreira Falci, Maria Letícia Ramos-Jorge, Leandro Silva Marques. Effectiveness of orofacial myofunctional therapy in orthodontic patients: A systematic review. Dental Press J Orthod. 2014 July-Aug;19(4):94-9

3. Soroush Zaghi, Sanda Valcu‐Pinkerton, Mia Jabara, Leyli Norouz‐Knutsen, Chirag Govardhan, Joy Moeller, Valerie Sinkus, Rebecca S. Thorsen, Virginia Downing, Macario Camacho, Audrey Yoon, William M. Hang, Brian Hockel, Christian Guilleminault, Stanley Yung‐Chuan Liu. Lingual frenuloplasty with myofunctional therapy: Exploring safety and efficacy in 348 cases. Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol. 2019 Oct; 4(5): 489–496.

4. Chirag Govardhan, Janine Murdock, Leyli Norouz-Knutsen, Sanda Valcu-Pinkerton, Soroush Zaghi. Lingual and Maxillary Labial Frenuloplasty with Myofunctional Therapy as a Treatment for Mouth Breathing and Snoring. Case Rep Otolaryngol. 2019; 2019: 3408053.

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