myofunctional therapy


Below, you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked most frequently.

We want you to feel confident about your journey with myofunctional therapy. We’ve compiled this essential information to help you understand and explore this powerful genre of therapy. Whether you’re new to this revolutionary therapy or seeking answers to specific questions, our comprehensive FAQ section aims to provide clarity while supporting your journey towards improved oral health and overall well-being.

From the basics of myofunctional disorders, to the benefits of therapy and what to expect during sessions, we’ve got you covered. Let’s embark on a path to optimal oral function together, and discover the transformative effects of myofunctional therapy. If you have any questions not addressed here, feel free to contact our team.

What is Myofunctional Therapy?

Myofunctional therapy is a specialized form of therapy that focuses on retraining the oral and facial muscles to achieve proper oral function. It addresses issues such as improper tongue posture, swallowing patterns, and breathing habits, which can impact overall oral health.

What conditions can Myofunctional Therapy help with?

Myofunctional therapy can be beneficial for a wide range of conditions, including tongue thrust, speech disorders, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, sleep apnea, orthodontic relapse, and more. It also aids in improving overall facial aesthetics and breathing patterns.

How long does Myofunctional Therapy take?

The duration of myofunctional therapy varies depending on the individual’s specific needs and the severity of their condition. Generally, treatment can range from a few months to a year or more. Regular practice of exercises and following the therapist’s guidance are crucial for successful outcomes.

Is Myofunctional Therapy suitable for children?

Yes, myofunctional therapy can be highly effective for children. Early intervention can correct oral habits and promote proper facial development, leading to improved speech, chewing, and breathing function. We work with children who are ages 4+ through ages 8–9 in our Mini Myo Program. We find that, starting at around age 4, children are better able to comprehend, comply, and cooperate with the therapeutic process.

What happens during a Myofunctional Therapy session?

In a myofunctional therapy session, a trained therapist will assess your oral and facial muscle function, identify any issues, and create a personalized treatment plan. The therapy involves performing specific exercises to retrain and strengthen the muscles over time.

We see clients 100% virtually. Sessions are held on Skype. You can locate us by searching “Why Myo Matters.”

Can Myofunctional Therapy help with sleep apnea?

Yes, myofunctional therapy has been found to be effective in addressing certain types of sleep apnea, such as obstructive sleep apnea. By strengthening the muscles in the throat and mouth, it can help maintain open airways during sleep and reduce apnea episodes.

Is Myofunctional Therapy painful?

Myofunctional therapy exercises are generally non-invasive and should not be painful. However, some individuals may experience mild discomfort or soreness initially as they engage muscles that they haven’t used in a particular way before. This discomfort usually subsides with regular practice.

Can Myofuntional Therapy replace orthodontic treatment?

Myofunctional therapy complements orthodontic treatment and can enhance its effectiveness. It addresses the underlying muscle dysfunction that may contribute to orthodontic issues, such as improper tooth alignment or relapse after braces.

Are the results of Myofunctional Therapy permanent?

The results of myofunctional therapy can be long-lasting with consistent practice and maintenance of proper oral habits. However, like any form of therapy, maintaining the results may require ongoing exercises and periodic check-ins with the therapist.

What is "The Spot?"

“The Spot” refers to a specific area or location in the mouth where the tongue habitually rests when at rest or during swallowing. In myofunctional therapy, identifying and correcting the position of “The Spot” is crucial as it can significantly impact oral function and overall oral health. Correcting the resting position of the tongue helps address issues like tongue thrust and improper swallowing patterns.

How do I prepare for my comprehensive exam?

Preparing for a comprehensive exam in myofunctional therapy involves gathering relevant information about your medical history, oral health, and any existing conditions.

We will provide Discovery Paperwork for you to complete prior to your comprehensive exam. Here are some steps to prepare:

1. Complete your Discovery Paperwork.

2. If you have dental records or records from other healthcare providers, that is helpful, but not necessary. You can provide me with photos following these simple guidelines.

3. Oral habits: Take note of any oral habits you may have, such as thumb sucking, mouth breathing, or nail-biting.

4. Concerns and goals: Prepare a list of specific concerns you have about your oral health and any goals you want to achieve through therapy.

 5. Questions: Write down any questions you have about the therapy process, treatment plan, or expected outcomes.

How do I prepare for my therapy sessions?

To make the most out of your myofunctional therapy sessions, consider the following tips:

1. Practice oral exercises: If your therapist has provided you with pre-session exercises, practice them regularly to become familiar with the movements and techniques.

2. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water before your therapy session to keep your mouth and throat hydrated, which can aid in performing exercises comfortably.

3. Avoid heavy meals: Try not to eat a large meal immediately before the session, as a full stomach might affect your ability to perform exercises comfortably.

4. Good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth and tongue before the session to maintain oral hygiene and create a clean environment for the exercises.

5. Bring questions and concerns: Come prepared to discuss any questions, concerns, or challenges you’ve encountered since your last session. This open communication will help your therapist tailor the therapy to your needs.

6. Be patient and consistent: Myofunctional therapy is a process that takes time and consistency. Trust in the process, and follow your therapist’s guidance to achieve the best results.

How much does myofunctional therapy cost?

We offer several packages, each designed to ensure our clients are successful in completing their therapy.

Mini Myo Program | $1800
This year-long program includes 10–12 sessions.

Phase 1 Therapy | $1800
This ~6 month program includes 10–12 sessions

Comprehensive Therapy | $2700
A year-long program with unlimited sessions that are at intervals directed by the therapist. Most clients attend 18–20 sessions in this program.

Could You Benefit from Myofunctional Therapy?

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