Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) is used to treat various Oral Myofunctional Disorders. This involves a series of exercises used to re-pattern and optimize oral and facial functions. OMT is a neuromuscular re-education of the muscles involved in swallowing, chewing and mandibular posture using specific exercises targeting certain muscle groups. OMT uses behavior modification by introducing and habituating static and dynamic coordinated patterns that promote stable and correct oral postures.
Oral Myofunctional Disorders exert pressures against oral structures that lead to the disruption of normal muscle patterns, thus negatively impacting growth and development of head and neck. Common Oral Myfunctional Disorders include damaging oral habits (thumbsucking, nail biting), lack of proper lip seal when jaw is at rest, chronic mouth breathing, forward tongue and head posture, increased vertical freeway space, aberrant swallowing patterns (tongue thrusts) and tongue-ties. OMDs have been associated with various disorders including Sleep Disordered Breathing/Sleep Apnea, Cranio-mandibular Malalignment and Cranial Distortions, Malocclusions and altered dental development, Periodontal disease, Speech problems, GERD, Bruxism, Orthodontic relapse, and TMJ.
Your success depends on your compliance with the recommended treatment plan and may involve referral to one or more of the following clinicians for specialized treatment: Ear Nose and Throat MD (evaluate nasal structural competency and airway management), Sleep Medicine Center, Oral Surgeon, Chiropractor, PT or Osteopath, Speech Pathologist, massage therapist and/or Orthodontist.
Dr. Franziska Dutton, DDS is a general dentist who has received education in Oral Myofunctional Therapy and TMJ/orofacial pain therapy in order to help her patients achieve the best long-term health possible. These disorders usually involve an interdisciplinary team of professionals to achieve lasting results.