Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in South Jersey

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How Does Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Work and How Long Will It Take?

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The goals of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) are accomplished by a structured series of exercises and strategies to tone, strengthen and re-pattern the muscles of the orofacial complex. Forming new patterns of muscle movement through neuromuscular re-education and behavior modification requires intensity, repetition and time. Without these 3 components the patient will be susceptible to relapse.

Orofacial myofunctional therapists work in collaboration with other disciplines (dentists, ENTs, allergists, speech language pathologists, orthodontists, osteopaths etc.) to ensure the most successful outcomes for patients. Barriers/limitations to orofacial myofunctional therapy can include nasal obstructions (e.g. deviated septum, allergies), tongue restriction (tongue tie), structural abnormalities, severely crowded teeth and/or very enlarged tonsils/adenoids. This is why a collaborative approach is an essential aspect of treatment protocols. Your health practitioners, myofunctional therapist, and the team involved are dedicated to achieving the best possible result. Patients who are committed, consistent and compliant can achieve very successful results from their therapy program. The greater these components, the greater level of success with therapy.

I offer a complimentary phone consultation to discuss concerns and determine if a comprehensive exam is warranted. If you were referred by a dental or medical provider, you can skip directly to:

The Comprehensive Evaluation (generally 75-90 minutes)

The Next Step is to Begin Treatment. 1:1 Treatment Sessions (generally 30-40 minutes)

There are 3 to 4 phases of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) treatment.

Total duration of treatment is generally 12 months. The number of sessions ranges depending upon progression and many other factors; average range is 18-26 sessions. Duration/phases of treatment vary depending on complexity of case, patient's age, and compliance.

Phases of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) treatment include:

Pre-Treatment Phase (if necessary)
Duration up to 30 days

This phase focuses on the elimination of oral habits (e.g. thumb sucking) or jaw stabilization.

Intensive Phase
Duration 8 weeks. Frequency 1x per week.

We will work together on muscle activation, coordination of these muscles, oral rest posture, lip seal, proper chewing/swallowing of foods/liquids (oral preparatory phase, OMTs do not treat dysphagia), reinforcement of habit elimination, and sleep hygiene.

Note: Duration 10 weeks if a frenectomy is needed (tongue or lip tie release)

Carry Over/Maintenance Phase
Duration 4 months. Frequency 1x every 2-3 weeks.

Less intensive exercises and techniques, assess/monitor carry over of new patterns into everyday life. Maintain new patterns. Assess integration process; monitor habits, techniques and exercises, adjusting as necessary. Identify goals that have been met and others that may still be in progress and target accordingly. Choose strategies to ensure overall integration.

Habituation/Retention Phase
Duration 5-6 months (until year is complete from start of therapy). Frequency 1x per month.

Less frequent and intensive techniques with continued monitoring (check-ins). Techniques/strategies are tailored to retain recently achieved patterns (ingrained in everyday life).

Integration! Ensures you will "hold on to" the results of all your hard work and commitment!

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