Myofunctional therapy, also called orofacial myofunctional therapy or myotherapy, is a common treatment for children who have trouble speaking, chewing, swallowing, or breathing.
Myofunctional therapy for sleep-disordered breathing problems involves exercises and behavioral changes to promote nasal breathing and better airflow during sleep. Using a variety of techniques, therapists can strengthen the tongue muscle, stabilize the jaw, repattern oral facial muscles, and improve oral resting posture (how the tongue, teeth, and lips rest during sleep).
Your sleep medicine specialist may recommend myofunctional therapy along with other treatments for snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. It’s also used to retrain muscles after skeletal surgery (maxillomandibular advancement) or frenuloplasty (used to treat tongue-tie, or when the strip of skin that connects the tongue to the floor of their mouth is shorter than usual.
Why Choose UHealth?
Expert myofunctional therapy services for children and adults. Myofunctional therapy is a specific treatment that requires certification and multispecialty knowledge about the structures in the mouth. Our therapist is highly qualified in sleep-disordered breathing problems in children and adults, and develops a treatment plan personalized to your needs.
Effective, efficient therapy timelines. Our myofunctional therapies for sleep-disordered breathing are effective and intensive, and often lasts a year or less. This helps keep you, or your child, engaged and interested.