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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in Menai

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What Is It?

This is a therapy to bring back form & function of the tongue, muscles of the face, head and neck and overall posture. Dentists and orthodontists are very much interested in this as a first line of understanding a patients needs for breathing, posture (jaw), orthodontic assessment pre-, during and post treatment.

This therapy is conducted by a dental health professional who is registered with AHPRA.

The therapy is a series of exercises which over a period of months helps promote better form and function of the tongue. If the tongue posture is incorrect it can be restrictive to the orthodontic treatment outcome.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)?

OMT is a specialised therapy focusing on the muscles of the face, mouth, and throat. It aims to correct improper muscle function and swallowing patterns that can lead to issues such as speech difficulties, obstructive sleep apnea, and dental problems.

What conditions can Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy treat?

OMT can address a wide range of conditions, including tongue thrust, incorrect swallowing patterns, open mouth posture, thumb sucking, speech articulation issues, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, and sleep-disordered breathing.

How long does Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy take to see results?

The duration of the therapy varies depending on individual needs and the severity of the condition. Typically, noticeable improvements can be seen within a few weeks to a few months of consistent therapy sessions and practice of prescribed exercises.

Is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy suitable for all age groups?

Yes, OMT can benefit individuals of all ages, from children with developing orofacial structures to adults seeking to address long-standing or newly developed orofacial issues.

What does an Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy session involve?

During a therapy session, a myofunctional therapist will conduct an assessment to evaluate the individual’s orofacial muscle function. They will then design a customised treatment plan comprising exercises to retrain the muscles and improve functional patterns, along with techniques to integrate proper orofacial function into daily activities.

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Myofunctional Therapy Menai, Sutherland NSW | (02) 9543 4222