The prefix ‘myo’ means muscle, so it is the study of the oral and facial muscles, with emphasis on the lips, tongue, and cheeks. According to Sandra R. Holtzman, Orofacial Myology is "The study and treatment of oral and facial muscles as they relate to speech, dentition, chewing/bolus collection, swallowing, and overall mental and physical health". (Sandra R. Holtzman, M.S., CCC/SLP, COM)
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy is postural training of the tongue and facial muscles in the way that they function at rest and in speech, chewing, and swallowing. This therapy is used for orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD’s) and parafunctional or harmful sucking habits.
We use a team approach to therapy by collaborating with other professionals, such as Orthodontists, Oral Surgeons, ENT's, General and Pediatric Dentists, Pediatricians, Allergists, Sleep Specialists, and Speech Language Pathologists.
The Habit Sucking Therapy is ideal for ages 4 and older and can last anywhere from 10 days to a month.
This depends on the cooperation and readiness of you or your child. These are fun, positive reinforcement sessions which help replace the thumb resting on the roof of the mouth with the tongue. We will have voice, text, or personal contact every day throughout this program. The first in-person session will be approximately 30 minutes.
Treatment of other OMD's usually lasts for 4-5 months.
Everyone's mouth is different, so the exercises are tailored to help you or
your child achieve the best possible outcome.
Sessions will consist of oral photos, measurements, and exercises.
The initial exam is 1-1.5 hours, followed by 30 minute weekly or
bi-weekly therapy sessions.
We will work hard together, but I promise that we will make it fun!