Exercise-based therapy, like physical therapy for the muscles of the mouth, tongue, and face designed to promote proper breathing, speaking, chewing, and swallowing.
Myofunctional therapy helps patients who suffer from mouth breathing, nasal congestion, sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), sleep apnea, ortho relapse, TMJ pain, and certain speech problems.
An evaluation is approximately 90 minutes, and it's not like a standard dental exam. Pictures and measurements are taken, and oral habits and other contributing factors are reviewed to gather more information about why the patient presents with certain health or anatomical issues. After a review of the information, a treatment plan and Myofunctional therapy program may be developed.
During the course of your myofunctional therapy, you may see one or more of the following doctors/specialists. Remember, everyone's treatment is different!
3. Oral Surgeons
4. Speech Pathologists
6. Chiropractor/craniosacral therapist
7. Ear, Nose, & Throat Specialist
8. Sleep Medicine Doctor
Typical therapy programs are structured for 12 biweekly sessions. Depending on the needs of each patient, therapy may require more sessions.
At this point, dental insurance has not caught on to the value of this type of therapy. However, some medical insurances do cover myofunctional therapy, and you should contact your insurance carrier to check on your benefits. We do not bill medical insurance directly, but we are happy to provide a superbill of services for you so you can submit to your medical insurance.