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What is Myofunctional Therapy?

Myofunctional therapy is an exercise-based therapy. Think of it like physical therapy, only for the muscles of the mouth, tongue and face. The exercises are designed specifically to train proper breathing, speaking, chewing and swallowing. Believe it or not, improper patterns can lead to a host of health problems and conditions including:

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Snoring
  • Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome
  • Orthodontic relapse
  • TMJ pain
  • Headaches, neck pain and other facial pains
  • Systemic conditions including heart problems, high blood pressure, foggy brain, memory problems, aches and pains, and more.

 

One of the main goals of myofunctional therapy is proper breathing. Better breathing will improve a whole host of health conditions. Myofunctional therapy is 100% safe, non-surgical treatment designed to help you be a better version of yourself. There are no downsides to breathing and swallowing better!

The 4 Goals of Myofunctional Therapy

#1    Nasal Breathing

#2    Lips Closed

#3    Tongue on Roof of Mouth

#4    Proper Swallowing Pattern

FAQ

Why Haven't I Heard of Myofunctional Therapy?

Myofunctional therapy has become more and more recognized over the past four decades, but it’s still not widely known or understood. This is because most dentists, pediatricians, orthodontists, and ENTs were simply never trained in myofunctional therapy as part of their medical or dental education, so they don’t fully understand it. This is definitely changing as the whole body approach to healthcare becomes more popular.

What Causes Mouth Breathing?

Specific causes of mouth breathing can include:

  • Food sensitivities and allergies
  • Enlarged tonsils or adenoids
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Respiratory infection
  • Asthma
  • Deviated septum
  • Nasal polyps

Each of these issues can make it difficult or impossible for a person to breathe through their nose, and when this happens, their only option is to breathe through their mouth. If this isn’t corrected, it can become a habit that’s set for life.

Is Mouth Breathing Bad?

Mouth breathing can cause a range of symptoms that can affect all parts of our body from our teeth to our digestive system. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Underdeveloped upper and lower jaws
  • Impact wisdom teeth
  • Crowded and poorly positioned teeth
  • Orthodontic relapse
  • Changes to facial appearance
  • Bad breath
  • Stomach pain and problems
  • Delayed speech and language development in children
  • ADD and ADHD-like symptoms in children

How Long Does the Therapy Take?

The therapy is a 12-week program with prescribed exercises each week. Forming new habits can be difficult  but the exercises are fun and easy and fun and with time and practice nearly everyone has improvement.

Is the Therapy Difficult?

Not at all. In fact, it’s actually quite easy. If you practice the exercises for five minutes, twice a day you will get excellent results. The exercises are simple and fun to do!

Can Myofunctional Therapy Help Snoring?

Yes. Mouth breathing and snoring go hand in hand. If you can learn to breathe through your nose during the night, and strengthen the muscles in your throat, then you will snore less. Myofunctional therapy exercises have been shown to be helpful with other types of sleep disordered breathing (like sleep apnea and UARS) as well.  

Can Adults Benefit from Myofunctional Therapy?

Most of the patients who seek myofunctional therapy are adults. With children, we are preventing problems later in life, but with adult patients we are working to correct the symptoms and problems they are having currently. Adults can get amazing results and can make life-changing progress.

Qualified

Dr. Kolkman was awarded his Fellowship in the AGD by amassing over 1,000 hours of continuing education in the areas of cosmetics, sedation, implants, and biological dentistry. Additionally, we have two trained oral myofunctional therapists on our team.

Comfortable

Netflix, headphones, remote control. Or, perhaps you’re the eye-mask, earplugs, and weighted blanket – type. Either way, with our ever-expanding comfort menu, relaxing environment, and calming team; you’ll agree, we are on a mission to erase dental phobia!

Compassionate

We get it. You hate the dentist. You’ve been trained to loathe the very word and everything associated with it. That’s exactly what inspired us to rethink how we do what we do. Our practice is guided by a no judgement mentality. Our mission is quite simple: to help you be a better you.

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