Myofunctional therapy is a neurological process that is completed by a naturotherapist and involves retraining your brain and face muscles to work optimally. Prevention is the best defence against long term struggles associated with dysfunction, so correcting at a young age is ideal.
Myofunctional therapy programs are customized for adults with sleep issues, Head/TMD/Chronic pain, low energy or esthetics. Or for children to break poor oral habits, improve tongue mobility and eating challenges relating to oral restrictions, and initiating optimal growth patterns to potentially reduce the risk or severity of sleep issues, orthodontics, pain and behavioural challenges.
Myofunctional therapy may decrease hypoxic events by 50% in adults and 62% in children. Possible life saving therapy as side effects of apneas may include high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, etc. Supporting study
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The process usually involves an assessment by a dental professional (aprox $180-$230), supply kit ($100) and therapy as below. Myofunctional therapy services accepted by most insurance carriers and are tax deductible
Habit Elimination Program
($250-$450) 3-5 sessions to help address and eliminate habits such as
Because these habits are meant to self soothe, this approach utilizes positive reinforcement which allows your child to grow naturally out of the habit at their own will, rather than being forced by an appliance.
Untreated noxious or non-nutritive habits may lead to malocclusion, TMD, sleep apnea, learning and behavior challenges
Mini Myo Program
(aprox $1000) 10 sessions over 6 months. For ages 4-12 years
A fun and fast paced program to avoid burnout or disinterest.
Change can happen remarkably fast with children, so completing exercises that develop positive growth patterns, while also eliminating negative growth pressure is critical to optimal living and preventative health.
Symptoms that would indicate necessity for myo: open mouth at rest, snoring, food aversions, speech challenges, bed wetting, drooling, chronic ear/throat infections.
*** Group programs available in order to increase access to care by reducing the cost for families.
Sleep & Energy Program
(aprox $1500) 15 sessions. For ages 13+
This is the standard program that encompasses passive and intense exercises along with the habituation of new patterns over a year. The importance of this program is to ensure proper form and function so you breathe, eat and sleep better.
Symptoms that would necessitate therapy are: sleep apneas, snoring, orthodontic relapse, head/TMD/neck pain, GI issues, anxiety/mood disorders and tongue/lip ties. Additional benefits are preventive in nature by reducing your risk towards chronic disease. Improved breathing and eating assist with glycemic control, blood pressure, stress, recovery and energy.
*** Group programs are available in order to increase access to care by cost sharing.
This is a very effective therapy against TMD pain but is commonly an introductory program to myofunctional therapy as the root cause of TMD is usually based on dysfunction of the facial muscles. A full assessment will help guide you to the best care using a multi-disciplinary approach.
Tongue & Lip Tie Release Program
This is often recommended in conjunction with a full myofunctional therapy program.
Completed by a naturotherapist or laser technician under the supervision of a physiotherapist.
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