Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
- Myofunctional therapy treats mouth and facial disorders of muscular function
- Reduce or prevent the need for orthodontics, or orthodontic relapse
- Help improve sleep apnea & snoring, headaches, TMJ disorder, and more
- Natural, nonsurgical solution customized to meet your needs
Understanding muscle function and dysfunctionOMD (orofacial myofunctional disorder) is a classification of disorders affecting the face and mouth. These conditions may impact oral health, speech development, the ability to chew and swallow, and much more. Depending on the severity of OMD, it can also affect facial esthetics.
Central to diagnosis and treatment of an OMD is the position of the tongue when swallowing. Although swallowing does not require conscious thought, it actually involves a complex and precise coordination between nerves and muscles of the throat, tongue, and cheeks.
On average, a person will swallow between 500 and 1000 times each day. Therefore, the effects of improper swallowing can be significant and wide-ranging. There may include:
- Orthodontic problems
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Speech impediments
- TMJ dysfunction
What is myofunctional therapy?For most people, OMD can be improved without medications, surgery, or invasive procedures. Treatment generally involves therapeutic exercise of the affected muscles, directed by a trained professional. An important aspect of the treatment program is teaching the patient enhanced awareness of tongue position and muscle movement.
Because every patient, and every OMD is different, myofunctional therapy is tailored to the specific needs of each patient. In some cases, additional treatments may be recommended in order to correct malocclusion or other damages caused by OMD.
Call Eastland Dental Center at (309) 663-4711 and arrange a consultation to find out if you might benefit from myofunctional therapy.
Services we offer
- Teeth Cleaning
- Digital X-Rays
- Oral Cancer Screening - Velscope
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Teeth Whitening
- Orthodontics – 6 Month Smiles
- Crowns and Bridges
- Dental Implants
- Dentures and Partials
- Root Canal
- Bone Grafting
- Gum Disease
- Oral DNA – Salivary Diagnostics
- Dental Infection
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Myofunctional Therapy
- Physician Collaboration