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When I first started my myofunctional therapy practice in Seattle, it was a relatively unknown field. Not too many dentists, orthodontists, or hygienists had even heard of it. Even most of my new patients weren’t too familiar with what I did when they first got in touch.

But that’s changed so much!

The field has expanded immensely over the last two years. My once small practice is now growing so quickly I’ve had to take on a full-time practice manager, and I’m hiring a third associate therapist to help me keep up with the demand.

In addition to all the patients I’m seeing, there are dentists, hygienists, and other medical professionals from all over the world contacting me on a daily basis.

Myofunctional therapy has very definitely become a part of mainstream medicine. This is no surprise to me. As we become more aware of the importance of the airway, mouth, and tongue in our overall health, it makes sense to treat the health problems directly instead of just treating the symptoms.

For example, the dental field is now taking the lead in treating sleep apnea and other sleep disordered breathing conditions. And tongue-tie is being looked at quite differently to the way it was a few years ago.

The Spring 2018 issue of Dental Sleep Practice magazine describes the shift in sleep medicine from doctors to dentists as “Seismic”.

The American Dental Association has released a new policy statement on the Role of Dentistry in the Treatment of Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders. There are new recommendations suggesting dentists need to screen their patients for sleep disordered breathing. It’s estimated that 90 million Americans are suffering from some type of sleep disordered breathing condition. So in effect, we’re dealing with a hidden epidemic, and myofunctional therapy is a vital piece of a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing these conditions.

Patients are now increasingly aware of the effects of an untreated tongue-tie.

Children who are tongue-tied become the adults with sleep apnea, Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome and other sleep disordered breathing symptoms. They’re also likely to grow into adults with TMD issues, chronic head, neck and shoulder pain, and other health concerns.

Myofunctional therapy is seen as a critical component in treating tongue-tie in adults and children. Doctors performing tongue-tie release procedures are insisting that patients need to do myofunctional therapy exercises before and after to get the best possible long-term results.

Myofunctional therapy is also used to address a host of other symptoms and conditions including TMJ issues, forward head posture, and problems stemming from a narrow airway. It’s also very helpful to ensure stable orthodontic and surgical results so that patients can avoid relapse. The most difficult orthodontic cases are almost always the patients with myofunctional disorders.

With this surge in demand for services, dentists and orthodontists are integrating myofunctional therapy directly into their practice by hiring and/or training therapists. Or they’re referring to trusted therapists familiar with the latest research and practicing using the most up to date techniques.

It’s clear to me based on what I’m seeing in my practice that exponential growth in the field is inevitable.

MyoMentor myofunctional therapy mentoring and training programs

Through my MyoMentor institute, I offer a number of mentoring and training options including those suited to:

  • Hygienists who want to feel more fulfilled in their dental hygiene careers or who want to start their own myofunctional therapy practices.
  • Dental offices of any size that want to integrate myofunctional therapy into their practice. I can train teams on site or remotely, covering everything from identifying the symptoms, the treatment protocols, specific front office procedures for myofunctional therapy and insurance billing.

If you’d like to find out more about my programs and how we can work together, please take a look at my MyoMentor site, or feel free to reach out to me here.