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Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?

Myofunctional therapy is a series of exercises that will help restore strength and coordination of the muscles of the face, throat, and tongue. This therapy is performed to obtain optimal function in those areas of the body. Functions such as breathing, chewing, swallowing, and speaking.

Do you offer a free initial consultation?

YES! Fill out the form or call me directly so that we can discover if myofuctional therapy is right for you.

Is this type of therapy covered by insurance?

Unfortunately, it is not covered under dental insurance plans.  But some medical plans do offer coverage. At your request, we can supply you with a Super Bill that you may submit to your medical insurance. HSA and Flex Spending members CAN use their plans.

Where do I need to go for my therapy session?

We can either meet at the OMB Therapy office in Lafayette, at your home or office or, if preferred, we can also do your therapy via a video conference.

Can orofacial myofunctional therapy fix my problem?

Therapy is not a guaranteed “fix”, but I do know that it will improve most symptoms discussed on the SYMPTOMS page of this website. Call me to discuss your specific circumstances and we can talk about what to expect.

How long is each session?

The first session will take approximately an hour; each additional appointment should take approximately 30 minutes.

Can you perform this therapy on children?

YES! OMT can help to train children with healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Negative patterns that develop early in life, such as open-mouth breathing, low tongue posture, tongue thrust, sucking habits, tongue ties, chewing difficulties, etc. all hinder facial development. Underdevelopment of the muscles in the jaw and face has been linked to things like crooked teeth and sleep breathing disorders. OMT intervention can help to correct these negative patterns.

How can OMT solve all of these different problems?

Orofacial myofunctional therapy helps to address the root causes of problems, not just the symptoms.

What can I expect from this therapy program?

Everyone –and every session–is different. Your initial consultation will take approximately one hour, all subsequent sessions are scheduled for 30 minutes. Depending on your symptoms and their severity, you could need up to 22 sessions scheduled over a year’s time period. Followup sessions, if needed, are then scheduled until the newly trained muscles are neurologically re-patterned.

How does OMT therapy train the muscles?

There are a variety of ways a trained therapist may establish goals for negative patterns.

As an example, specific outcome targets may include something like this:

1. Eliminate the negative habit (e.g. stop open-mouth breathing)
2. Establishing proper muscle resting posture (e.g. have the tongue rest in the roof of the mouth and obtain a proper lip seal)
3. Promote breathing only through the nose (e.g. work towards comfort and subconscious nose breathing)
4. Develop swallowing actions without engaging facial muscles (e.g. retrain muscles for proper swallowing function)

Who is qualified to perform myofunctional therapy?

A myofunctional therapist is typically a dentist, dental hygienist, or speech/language pathologist who has attended an intensive certification course in orofacial myofunctional therapy.

What exactly can myofunctional therapy do?

Not only can patients improve the function of the muscles in their face, mouth, and throat, OM therapy can often also enhance their cosmetic appearance.

Eating, speaking, breathing and sleeping are areas that can specifically benefit from this therapy. Additionally, OM therapy is often used by orthodontics providers to stabilize the mouth.