We provide Myofunctional therapy and Buteyko Breathing as a non-invasive, holistic, approach to improve quality of life. We assist in collaborative treatment of: mouth breathing, tongue thrust, support and screening for tongue and lip-ties for all ages, C-PAP alternatives, TMJ pain, frequent headaches, and facial pain. Our mission is to provide individualized therapy with care and love in a supportive setting.
All of our muscles in our face and mouth serve a purpose. They allow us to speak, eat, breath, smile, and even kiss! Our muscles serve as guidance for growth for our face, mouth, and airway. Ideal growth and function of these muscles allow us to have a big healthy smile, wide and open sinuses, and nostrils to breathe and feel our best. Overtime, a disordered pattern of function of one or some of our oral facial muscles can lead to ill wanted adaptations. This would be a diagnosed Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder.
An Orofacial Myologist or also known as a Myofunctional Therapist is trained to diagnose each individual’s needs and disorder. We use neuromuscular exercises to repattern the lips, tongue, and facial muscles to function and stay in their proper place. We use positive reinforcement and fun to help children and adults break dysfunctional habits. This can and may include finger, thumb, pacifier, or blanket sucking. This can be done at any age, but earlier treatment proves for better outcomes.
Do you have a dry mouth when you wake up? Gum problems? Is it hard often to catch your breath? Do you or your loved one tend to get anxious or worried? Lack of quality sleep? Chronically congested or suffer from allergies? Mouth breathing can quite often be a sign of another underlying cause. Mouth breathing encourages the muscles of the face to “hang low” and not support proper airway, facial, and dental growth. We are trained to address and evaluate the cause of mouth breathing and to promote nasal breathing. The techniques we use will benefit the individual for a lifetime.
Tongue thrust is a muscle pattern which is visible by the tongue noticeably pushing forward during speaking and swallowing. This thrusting pattern is usually a compensation for other underlying issues which can or may include:
Tongue-tie, oral habits (thumb sucking, etc), prolonged bottle or sippy cups, enlarged tonsils/adenoids, and nasal allergies.
Over time the light continuous force of the tongue resting forward and down, or low and out, will cause the teeth to move into an unfavorable position. It is important to note if the tongue thrust is not addressed before braces are removed, teeth will shift back over time.
Leaving a tongue thrust untreated can lead to teeth shifting after braces are removed.
Sucking habits can lead to orofacial dysfunction. We feel that each child with an oral habit does better with a positive and nurturing approach in quitting. We value each child as a special individual and use tools and tips to implement in a program designed to assist each families needs and personality.
Please contact us directly with any questions, comments, or scheduling inquiries you may have.
2155 W Pinnacle Peak Rd Suite # 201 Phoenix, AZ 85027
Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 7:00pm