Myofunctional Therapy

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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

320718_1000_800“... you have far more influence over the shape and development of your child’s airway health than you might believe. This is both a big responsibility and a big relief, as it means that there’s hope to change even the most challenging physical issues that could be impeding good, healthy breathing and sleep quality.” Sleep Wrecked Kids by Sharon Moore; Chapter 5.

Orofacial Myofunctional therapy retrains muscles of the face, mouth and throat. The goal is to learn how to correctly use these muscles, eliminate oral habits and learn to maintain the proper position of these muscles at rest.

The aim of therapy is to have fun and integrate the activities into your daily life so they become natural and are not a chore. Sharon Moore has great advice for parents to myo-optimize, which is an approach to optimize airway health for your child before the age of six. Sleep Wrecked Kids by Sharon Moore; Chapter 5 Oral myofunctional therapy is offered in our office and is suitable for everyone age 4 years and up. Early oral myofunctional therapy is important as oral habits are less ingrained and easier to change, encouraging healthy dental growth and overall health and development.

Assessment takes into account any contributing medical, dental or orthodontic concerns, the health, size and shape of the face and upper airway, and any early developmental challenge.