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Myofunctional training is used to treat incorrect patterns of muscle functions used for swallowing, breathing and chewing. Correcting these disorders will lead to better, sleep, less anxiety, better orthodontic results and over all better health.
At MyoFunctional Associates of GA and AL we investigate and treat:
Root cause of inability to breathe through the nose
Tongue thrust and the reason for the dysfunction
Tongue Tie with body therapies and pre/post op with myofunctional therapies
Correct oral placement for oral rest posture and swallow
Anatomic airway investigation for sleep and healthy breathing day and night
Breath Pattern Training using the Buteyko System
Body posture day and night
Facial pain and TMD (Temporomandibular disorders) as they relate to all items above
1744 Roswell Rd.
Marietta GA 30062
BETH SOHAIL, RDH
MyoFunctional Coaching | Buteyko and Behavioral Breath Coaching | Sleep Counseling
Early in her career as a dental hygienist, Beth Sohail questioned why people damaged their teeth and Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) with clenching and grinding. Why they relapsed orthodontics.
After noticing numerous Myofunctional and sleep problems with herself, her patients and her youngest son through dental continuing education starting in 2007, Beth started on a journey that would keep her engaged and has brought her to being one of the busiest MyoFunctional Therapists in the Southeast.
Beth graduated from St Petersburg College in 2005 with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She specializes in Periodontics and Airway general/orthodontic dentistry. She took her first intro course for the AOMT (Academy of Orofacial Myofuntional Therapy) in 2015 again in 2019 and in 2022 and took her first Buteyko course in 2016. Since then, Beth has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education in the subjects of airway disorders, orofacial muscular dysfunction, tongue tie and breath and how they affect people from ages 5+ to the elderly. She has the education and the abilities to maneuver and stage the most complex cases. She can lecture to any size group.
What is Myofunctional Training
Myofunctional training is a program used to treat incorrect patterns of muscle functions used for swallowing, breathing and chewing.
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) affect the functions and muscles of the mouth and face. OMDs can cause a variety of effects either directly or indirectly. From problems with breastfeeding, improper facial skeletal growth and development, disordered chewing, swallowing, speech dysfunctions, malocclusion, temporomandibular joint movement/disorders, poor oral hygiene, stability of orthodontic treatment, facial esthetics, and more. Many people mouth breath and have a low tongue rest position. As a result, the muscles and the orofacial functions tend to adapt to a disordered breathing pattern, which in turn creates many OMDs.
Myofunctional training can help enable one to enjoy eating, speaking, breathing, and even sleeping more soundly. Not to mention that the Cosmetic benefits can bolster self-esteem.
Just as physical therapy helps to train our bodies back into optimal shape after an injury, Myofunctional training helps the soft tissues and muscles of the face, neck, and mouth to function at the height of their ability.
CHILDREN & ADULTS WITH MYOFUNCTIONAL DISORDERS MAY STRUGGLE WITH:
SNORING / SLEEP APNEA
Studies have indicated that Myofunctional Therapy can reduce AHI scores by 50% in adults and 62% in children. Combined with breathing reeducation we are seeing positive results in reduction of daytime fatigue and better overall health.
Many people push their tongue against their front teeth when they swallow. This incorrect swallow can lead to poor craniofacial development due to dysfunctional muscle movements, relapse with orthodontics, facial or TMJ pain and airway restrictions.
Mouth breathing or having constantly open lips is a cause and/or signal of tongue thrust and low tongue rest posture. Long term mouth breathing compromises the natural process of breathing which relies on the nasal airway to cleanse and purify air for the pulmonary system making people more prone to asthma, allergies and even ear tube problems. Studies also indicate higher risk factors for airway problems at night, decreased concentration, ADHD diagnosis and poor craniofacial development.
Tongue thrust is the act of pushing the tongue against or between the teeth when swallowing. The constant pressure of the tongue against or between the teeth will not allow the teeth to bite together. This is known as an open bite. Studies are indicating that tongue thrust is a risk factor for TMD and facial pain. It may occur due to a low rest posture and/or a tongue tie.
The condition is present at birth. A short, tight band of tissue tethers the tongue's tip or base to the floor of the mouth. It can affect how a person eats and speaks, and can interfere with breastfeeding. Symptoms include difficulty sticking out the tongue past the lower front teeth or lifting it to the upper teeth, though many people have no symptoms.
Dysfunctional breathing is a term describing breathing disorders where chronic changes in breathing pattern result in dyspnea and other symptoms in the absence or in excess of the magnitude of physiological respiratory or cardiac disease.
Buteyko Breathing System
I worked with Ms. Sohail from 1/12/2016 through 4/17/2016 to improve a nasal congestion/snoring issue. There were a series of exercises and breathing techniques that greatly improved the problem. Throughout the process Ms. Sohail not only showed a mastery of the system she taught me but was also innovative in modifying the exercises to work more efficiently for my issue. I believe that this "out of the box" thinking has lead to my issue being all but eliminated at this time. I would not hesitate to recommend Ms. Sohail to anyone.
In just 71 days you can see the gap between the 2 front teeth getting smaller and the teeth straightening and returning to a more normal position.
When nasal breathing is established and dysfunction of the lips and tongue are corrected, sometimes teeth will move into a correct position.