The neurological re-education of the muscles of the tongue and face, specifically to aid in the muscular movements that affect respiration, swallowing, mastication, speech, craniofacial development and oral resting posture.
This type of therapy helps correct incorrect tongue posture and function, such as tongue thrust swallow, low tongue posture, open mouth breathing, low intra-oral suction, noxious habits, thumb-sucking, inappropriate mastication, bolus formation and deglutiton.
These improper functions can alter the proper formation of the facial structure and increase the risk of orthodontic problems and relapse as well as increase risk for sleep apnea, upper repository issues, digestive issues, TMJ pain, headaches and many other common problems.
If Dr. Roblee detects you may have myofunctional issues, he may suggest you working with our trained in-house Myofunctional Therapist. To set up a complimentary myofunctional therapy session call us today!
The overall goal of myofunctional therapy:
- Establish proper nasal breathing
- Keeps lips sealed at rest
- Keep tongue resting on the palate
- Keep jaw stable
- Teeth resting apart
- Full range of tongue movement and function
- Proper mastication
- Proper Bolus Collection
- Proper Swallowing Pattern
Sleep Disordered Breathing can accompany:
- Bed wetting
- Chronic ear infections
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Chronic depression
- Obvious apneic events
- Chronic fatigue
- Feeling overly tired during the day
- High blood pressure
- Acid Reflux
- Frequently sleep walking
- Tooth grinding
- TMJ pain
- Scalloped tongue