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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.
1744 Roswell Rd.
Marietta GA 30062
BETH SOHAIL, RDH
MyoFunctional Coaching | Buteyko and Behavioral Breath Coaching | Sleep Counseling
My name is Beth Sohail. I became an RDH in 2006. I became a MyoFunctional Coach in a "round about" way. I have had sleep disordered breathing, clenching, malocclusion, and parafunctional habit disorders for years. My youngest son had sleep disorders, tics, ADHD tongue thrust, allergies, GERD, behavior disorders....reverse swallow...list goes on for BOTH of us. In my attempt to study dentistry and to "fix" my son and myself, I naturally came across Orofacial Myofunctional Therapies and the Oxygen Advantage/Buteyko/Breathing Cure system. Our lives have changed and I have been able to guide others through habit elimination, and cessation of sleep disordered breathing. I have been studying these subjects for at least 12 years now and have great knowledge to guide even more difficult cases. I am one of the only people in the state of Georgia who understands so many pieces of the puzzle: occlusion, sleep dentistry, bruxism and TMD as they relate to Myofunctional dysfunctions. I have extensive knowledge of sleep disorders dealing with incorrect breathing physiology and airway obstructions. I have a certificate of training in Buteyko reduced breathing and an understanding of the behavior of changing habits. I also offer professional lecturing 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 dyspnoea and other symptoms in the absence or in excess of the magnitude of physiological respiratory or cardiac disease.