What is Myofunctional Therapy?
Myofunctional therapy focuses on teaching patients exercises and techniques to improve their oral muscular development. This therapy can help improve speech and language development, thumb/finger sucking habits, airway issues, and swallowing issues. We are excited to offer myofunctional therapy* in addition to laser treatments.
*Myofunctional therapy does not replace the need for comprehensive orthodontic treatment or speech therapy. Our office will not be offering Myobrace treatment.
Meet Our Myofunctional Therapists
Registered Dental Hygienist / Myofunctional Therapist
Linda, RDH, is a registered dental hygienist and completed advanced training in Orofacial Myology. She and her husband have two daughters and a “cat family.” Linda loves to travel to anywhere with beaches and lakes!
RDH, MA, Myofunctional Therapist
Carrie, RDH, MA is registered dental hygienist and completed advanced training in Orofacial Myology. When she is not at work you will find her spending time with her precious dogs, Lillie and Finnegan. In her spare time she likes to read, go to Jazzercise and frequent her local Aldi.
Myofunctional Therapy Available at AAPD includes the following
A Myofunctional Therapy Consult and Treatment. Myofunctional therapy may be a treatment option for children with oral aversions, oral defensiveness, gagging, swallowing issues, and post-laser frenectomy treatment. To determine if a child would benefit from myofunctional we recommend the child be evaluated by our Myofunctional Therapist to determine the child’s treatment needs. Following this consultation, the child would receive one-on-one therapy with our Myofunctional Therapist to address their treatment needs and goals.
Habit Elimination with Myofunctional Therapy
Myofunctional Therapy can be used to help address oral habits that include nail biting, prolonged pacifier use, and thumb/finger sucking habits. These types of oral habits can have a negative impact on both oral and dental development. Our myofunctional therapy habit elimination program consists of three visits with our Myofunctional Therapist to focus on giving the child the tools they need to eliminate these habits in a positive environment.