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Myofunctional therapy questions

1. What is orofacial myofunctional therapy?

Orofacial myofunctional therapy is a specialized form of therapy that focuses on the treatment of orofacial muscle dysfunction. It involves exercises and techniques aimed at improving the function and coordination of the muscles in the mouth, face, and throat. It also involves breathing retraining as the first goal is exclusiv nasal breathing.


2. How can orofacial myofunctional therapy help me?

Orofacial myofunctional therapy can help with various conditions such as tongue thrust, improper swallowing patterns, speech difficulties, jaw pain, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD), and sleep-disordered breathing. It can also improve oral posture, enhance breathing, and promote overall oral health.


3. How long does orofacial myofunctional therapy take?

The duration of orofacial myofunctional therapy varies depending on the individual's needs and the complexity of the condition being treated. Typically, therapy sessions are scheduled bi-weekly, and the duration of treatment can range from several weeks to several months depending on the goals and compliance of the patient.


4. Is orofacial myofunctional therapy painful?

No, orofacial myofunctional therapy is not painful. The therapy mainly involves exercises and techniques that aim to retrain and strengthen the muscles, and retrain the breathing which may cause some mild discomfort initially. However, the therapy is generally well-tolerated and non-invasive.


5. Can orofacial myofunctional therapy be done remotely?

Yes, orofacial myofunctional therapy can be conducted remotely in many cases. With the help of video conferencing tools, therapists can provide virtual sessions and guide patients through exercises and techniques. Remote therapy can be a convenient option for those unable to visit a clinic in person.


6. How do I know if I need orofacial myofunctional therapy?

If you experience difficulties with chewing, swallowing, speech, or breathing, or if you have been diagnosed with an orofacial condition, it is advisable to consult with an orofacial myofunctional therapist. They will assess your symptoms and provide a personalized treatment plan based on your needs.


7. Are orofacial myofunctional therapy results permanent?

The results of orofacial myofunctional therapy can be long-lasting and even permanent, especially with consistent adherence to exercises and lifestyle changes. However, it is important to maintain good oral habits and follow any post-therapy recommendations provided by your therapist to ensure the best outcomes.


8. Is orofacial myofunctional therapy suitable for children?

Yes, orofacial myofunctional therapy can be beneficial for children as well. It can help correct orofacial muscle imbalances, tongue thrust, and speech issues as well as assist in course correcting jaw growth. Early intervention is often recommended for optimal long term results.


9. How much does orofacial myofunctional therapy cost?

The cost of orofacial myofunctional therapy can vary depending on factors such as location, therapist expertise, and the duration of treatment required. It is best to contact our office directly to inquire about the specific costs.


10. How do I schedule an appointment for orofacial myofunctional therapy?

To schedule an appointment, please visit our website's "Book Online" page or give us a call at 919-724-1691. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you in scheduling a convenient time for your initial consultation and assessment.


Please note that the above answers are general and may not cover all individual circumstances. For a more personalized assessment and detailed information, it is recommended to consult with an orofacial myofunctional therapist.

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