At Exceptional Dentistry, we provide myofunctional therapy for patients who suffer from orofacial myofunction disorders (OMDs), or disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth. Myofunctional therapy can help you regain the ability to eat, speak, breath, and sleep soundly. We invite you to contact our office at 661.349.7725 for more information on myofunctional therapy in Palmdale, California, and schedule your consultation with Dr. James D. Powell.
OMDs (Orofacial Myofunction Disorders) are disorders of the muscles and functions in the face and mouth. Most OMDs originate when the airways do not function normally, or when you breathe orally rather than nasally. This causes the muscles and orofacial functions to adapt into a disordered pattern, and disrupts the overall function of your entire orofacial area.
Common problems related to OMDs include:
- Problems in facial growth and development
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing
- Speech disorders or difficulty speaking
- Malocclusion (bad bites)
- TMJ disorders
- Difficulty in maintaining good oral hygiene
- Difficulty digesting food
- Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders
- Chronic mouth breathing
- Chronic stomachaches
- Learning disabilities
- Poor posture
- Bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching)
- Difficulty in breastfeeding
- Behavioral problems in children
- Poor habits such as nail biting and thumb sucking
Once you begin myofunctional therapy with us, we will work with you to make sure that the muscles in your face and mouth are functioning properly. Our myofunctional therapist will design a custom program which focuses on establishing a proper nasal breathing pattern, establishing proper swallowing and chewing patterns, and may be combined with orthodontics for long term benefits. We will also work with you to help you break old habits, and to form newer, healthier habits, including proper head and neck posture and a lip seal. There are many different muscle therapy exercises that help to stretch, tone, and develop the facial muscles correctly.
Each myofunctional treatment is specifically designed to meet your needs. We are happy to customize our treatments further for patients with special needs.
To make your appointment with our dentist and learn more about myofunctional therapy, please call our practice today.