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Myofunctional Therapy – Bullard, TX

Therapy to Correct Orofacial Muscular Problems

tongue sticking outThe muscles that control breathing, swallowing, speaking, and chewing form a complex network. If problems develop within this system, it can lead to issues that cause continual discomfort and even serious illness.  Our in-house therapist, Lindi is an expert in Oral Myofunctional therapy (OMT) in Bullard, and she is often able to correct these conditions, so patients can enjoy better oral health and an improved quality of life. Our expert can also treat patients start to finish via Skype.

What Are Oral Myofunctional Disorders?

Jaw painAn Oral Myfounctional disorder (OMD) is a condition that affects how the facial and mouth muscles work together to allow a person to speak clearly, swallow correctly, breathe properly and more.

Some examples of how an OMD may affect you include:

  • Tongue thrust, a disorder in which the tongue rests too far forward in the mouth, can lead to orthodontic problems and improper swallowing. This condition is most common in children but can also affect adults.
  • Mouth breathing can affect dry out your oral cavity and lead to an increased risk of cavities and other dental problems. The nose acts as our filtration system for our airway and increases the level of nitric oxide throughout our bodies increasing our circulation.  When we mouth breath we remove the natural filter our bodies need.
  • Problems with swallowing can make it difficult for you to enjoy meals. When our swallow function is affected, we are more prone to choking on our food and drinks. Improper swallowing may even cause you to swallow more air than you should, which can result in stomach issues.
  • A weak tongue can overrelax at night and block the airway, contributing to sleep apnea in Bullard and surrounding areas. If OSA becomes severe enough, it can lead to excess daytime fatigue, mood problems, and even serious health issues like cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
  • OMDs can affect your speech, resulting in a lisp or other problems with articulating sounds. They may also result in temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), which often leads to severe jaw pain, headaches, and other serious symptoms.

How Does OMT Help?

Smiling young manYou’re probably familiar with the basic idea behind physical therapy; it uses a series of guided exercises to improve the strength and function of certain muscles. OMT works on a similar principle, but it is focused on the orofacial muscles. Our in-house expert has extensive experience with OMT and an intimate knowledge of how the structures in and around the mouth should work together.

When you visit us for your consultation, Dr. Morgan will evaluate your mouth and identify the issues that are causing your problems. If he determines that you are a candidate for OMT, he will design a therapy plan to strengthen your orofacial muscles and train them to work harmoniously with the structures around them. For example, he can correct the resting position of your tongue in order to facilitate proper swallowing and reduce your chances of developing orthodontic problems with your front teeth.

For many people, OMT offers a non-invasive, relatively inexpensive alternative to other treatments. For example, it may help you avoid surgery for TMD disorder. It could even eliminate the need for you to use a CPAP machine to breathe easily at night.

To learn more about OMT and how it might be able to help you, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Morgan.