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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

Sounds like a mouthful, but orofacial myofunctional therapy is actually useful treatment for mouth and snoring conditions. Essentially, it's therapy designed to retrain your brain and develop new habits to help your mouth and body function properly.

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Tongue Thrust Therapy

Tongue thrust is a natural, involuntary movement that newborns exhibit. It should disappear within a few months. If it doesn't, tongue thrust therapy may be necessary to help the infant learn to swallow properly and lose the thrust. Tongue thrust is actually caused by an improper swallowing technique. As babies age, they should develop the proper swallowing technique that adults exhibit where they place the tongue firmly against the top palate of the mouth. Tongue thrust that continues past the first few months of life can cause difficulty with feedings, eating solid foods, and eventually with tooth development as primary teeth erupt.

With myofunctional therapy, we can help retrain all the muscles and nerves in the face, mouth, and throat to create a proper swallowing action and eliminate the tongue thrust action.

Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment

Sleep apnea and snoring are caused when the throat muscles relax, even slightly, during sleep and vibrate as you breathe. This relaxation makes it more difficult for air to travel through the passages, creating the loud snoring sound or even a complete stopping of breathing. If you've been told you snore loudly or even stop breathing during sleep, we can use orofacial myofunctional therapy to retrain your body on proper swallowing techniques, where to rest the tongue during sleep, and even how to breathe. The therapy can take time since we're essentially retraining your brain and building new habits, but in the end, this therapy has been shown to reduce snoring and sleep apnea.

We would love to show you how orofacial myofunctional therapy can help you stop snoring or treat your child's tongue thrust. Call our office to learn more about this therapy and schedule a consultation.

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Referring Doctors

Do you have a patient in need of orofacial myofunctional therapy? If you would like to refer them for specialized care at Columbus Dental Solutions, please download and complete the appropriate form from our referrals page.

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Traveling to Us for Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?

Our skilled team gladly welcomes patients from all across the Midwest to visit our practice for orofacial myofunctional therapy. If you are traveling to us from outside of Columbus, we recommend the following nearby hotels for your stay:

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