Do you grind your teeth? If you do, I bet your tongue is not in the palate (where it should be at night). Luckily, with tongue awareness and training, we can achieve tongue suction at night which will prevent you from grinding your teeth! Which can mean - no more night guard.
When your tongue is not suctioned to the roof of your mouth at night it sits low in the mouth and has the ability to get in the way of the airway. In an effort to find an airway your teeth shift side to side, which leads to the grinding and clenching habit.
Myofunctional therapy exercises when paired with orthodontic treatment have been shown to improve the outcome and decrease the time in braces. Myo helps strengthen the muscles of the face and jaw which helps get you to your goals quicker by reducing your own oral resistance to change.
The natural inward forces of the cheeks when unposed by the outward force of the tongue can lead to relapse and shifting after the braces come off. The tongue serves as a retainer when in its proper location. Additionally, if an oral habit (like a tongue thrust) is not eliminated, the success of the braces can be short lived.
Obstructive sleep apnea affects 22 million Americans and is a severe sleep-related disorder. Because myofunctional therapy helps strengthen your mouth, tongue, and neck muscles you can see relief when sleeping. The strengthening of the muscles makes it easier to keep the airway open while you sleep. You should always be in consult with a medical provider, but with increased function - you could potentially avoid a CPAP.
Breathing through your mouth will change your appearance and growth pattern. Form follows function. If you have a mouth breathing pattern or a physical limitation which will not allow you to nasal breath, your body will grow vertically so that you can breathe through your mouth instead. Mouth breathing can lead to a more gummy smile, a long face, a crooked nose and other facial features that are characteristic to mouth breathing. Ideally, with the tongue up, we would see horizontal growth which would help grow a nice wide palate which provides plenty of room for the tongue.
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Yes, absolutely. Orofacial myofunctional therapy is also appropriate for adults!
Myofunctional therapy may be an effective alternative treatment for mild sleep apnea and can get very effective for those who suffer from temperomandibular pain (TMD). It is convenient, non-invasive, and has no major risks. Myofunctional therapy has even been shown to help people avoid the CPAP device.
The goal of myofunctional therapy is to help create new lifelong habits through muscle memory and practice that optimizes your ability to chew, swallow and breathe well. The goal is to get you breathing through your nose with your lips sealed, your tongue up (on the roof of your mouth) and to get you swallowing correctly.
A tongue tie restricts the tongue's ability to move and seal to the top of the mouth - an important characteristic for both growth and development and eating/sleeping. When the tongue is not able to live in the roof of the mouth it can have detrimental health effects - like mouth breathing, airway obstruction and poor development of the jaw. Correct tongue posture is essential to providing the needed support for oral and breathing function. When unchecked, these issues can negatively affect the way you live your life.
It can change how you swallow, have an effect on TMJ, teeth alignment, facial growth and airway obstruction leading to poor sleep.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy can correct many myofunctional impairments and when needed, works in conjunction with tongue release. Tongue Posture is an integral piece to an open airway, obstruction can lead to severe health issues if not addressed.
Success is very largely dependent on your buy in with your exercises and commitment to the process.
I am happy to bring the roadmap, but I will need your help to cross the finish line.
Myofunctional treatment is similar to having a personal trainer for all your muscles below the eyes and above the shoulders and luckily, the exercises given are easy to perform and can be adopted into your busy schedule. The time commitment is 3-5 exercises per day performed 2-3x per day - and they can be done anywhere you are! Myofunctional therapy is convenient.
Appointments can be done in person or virtually - because I get it - your time is valuable!
Based in Overland Park, KS. Optimized Airways is located in a Kansas suburb of Kansas City, MO.
No matter what you are looking for myofunctional therapy for, Optimized Airways is here to support you with exercises to help build strength and correct your myofunctional habits in both children and adults alike.
As a mom, and a dental hygienist, I was struggling to get answers to issues surrounding sleep and oral habits with my kids and frustrated with answers from traditional healthcare/educators. When I learned how important the power of nasal breathing can be not just for their sleep but for their growth and development I knew I needed to help share this knowledge with other parents and adults alike.
Who knew that helping my kids breathe and sleep better could turn into a company with a mission to help others achieve the same goals! In 2023, I opened Optimized Airways to be just that, a place for people to learn how powerful correct function can be. Form follows function, and so my job is to teach simple functional changes that can change the way you live for the better!
Myofunctional therapy has been show to help you live more fully. Whether you want to stop your snoring habit, stop mouth breathing, get you breathing well through your nose, get help with jaw pain and TMJ issues or are looking for support in conjunction with pre/post tongue tie therapy Myofunctional therapy can help! In kids, myofunctional therapy can help your child get better sleep by helping correct breathing patters to reduce snoring, bed wetting, ADHD symptoms and night time grinding. When your child sleeps better they feel better, and you will too!
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, also shortened to Myofunctional Therapy, OMT or MYO. Orofacial Myology. Functional Exercises of the head, neck and face. Tongue Tie Therapy. Tongue Thrust Therapy. Similar to Physical Therapy for the head and neck. Neuromuscular reeducation. No matter what you call it, my goal as a Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist is to partner with you to help you address functional issues and teach you exercises to correct function. It is as simple as that - I teach you exercises for optimizing your airways to help you thrive.
My Local Clients Are All Over the Kansas City Area:
Overland Park, KS | Leawood, KS | Prairie Village, KS | Olathe, KS | Shawnee, KS | Mission, KS | Fairway, KS | Roeland Park, KS | Mission Hills, KS | Lenexa, KS | Merriam, KS | Parkville, KS | Western Edge of Kansas City, MO | Raymore, MO | Lee Summit, MO | Grandview, MO | Independence, MO | Liberty, MO | Raytown, MO