Myofunctional Therapy at Respira

What Is an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder?

An orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD) is a disorder that causes an abnormal jaw, lip, or tongue position.

A person's tongue normally rests passively suctioned to the roof of the mouth during the day and night, the lips should naturally seal day and night, nasal breathing should occur at all times.

OMDs may affect:

    • Breastfeeding
    • Facial skeletal growth and development
    • Sleep apnea and snoring
    • Chewing
    • Swallowing
    • Speech
    • Occlusion
    • TMJ
    • Oral hygiene
    • Orthodontic treatment
    • Facial esthetics

5 signs of an OMD

1. Mouth breathing & tongue thrust
2. Narrow or vaulted palate
3. Open bite and/or crossbite
4. Previous or existing sucking habit
5. Enlarged tonsils & allergy symptoms

The 4 goals of orofacial myofunctional therapy:

  1. Nasal Breathing
  2. Lip Seal
  3. Correct Tongue Posture
  4. Correct Swallowing Pattern

The purpose of these goals is to restore normal function. With these goals accomplished, proper dental and craniofacial development can take place in children.

Just because it's common, doesn't mean it's normal

How Myofunctional Therapy Therapy Can Help You

The goal of Myofunctional therapy is to restore normal function of your mouth and jaw. We can retrain the muscles in your head and neck to correct your posture and so they'll function properly when you chew and speak. Your physical appearance could also be improved with these changes.

This therapy can also help to reduce snoring and sleep apnea, with the potential to even eliminate them.

Tara M.
Certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist