Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Fayetteville, AR Dentist
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Benefits of Myofunctional Therapy

September 1, 2020
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Posted By: Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
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If you or a loved one have been diagnosed or suspect you have a myofunctional disorder, your dentist in Fayetteville, AR can help.

Myofunctional disorders can mean a variety of things, but typically it refers to dysfunction or abnormalities in the lips, tongue, or jaw, including positioning. Causes include prolonged oral patterns in childhood such as thumb sucking, upper airway obstruction, or from conditions present at birth or brought through injury.

Symptoms of Myofunction Disorders

Symptoms will vary based on your unique case, but broad signs may include:

  • Snoring and mouth breathing
  • Restless sleep
  • Short attention span
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Tongue thrusting
  • Thumb sucking
  • Fidgeting
  • Difficulty breathing while eating
  • Bruxism (grinding and clenching teeth)
  • Dark circles under eyes
  • Exaggerated gag reflex
  • Tongue-tied
  • Textural aversion with food
  • Crooked teeth

Treating Myofunctional Disorders in Fayetteville, AR

Your dentist determines the root cause of your orofacial myofunctional disorder and creates a customized therapy that considers symptoms, correction, and improving life quality. This includes retraining soft tissues in the face and neck to function harmoniously and correctly.

And we work with children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing these disorders, providing treatments that can help correct and retain improvement as you go.

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder Treatment Benefits

Our therapies help with snoring, chewing, oral development, and even breathing. Correcting the disfunction through therapy can mean improved sleep, feeling more alert in the daytime, and less fidgeting.

We utilize myofunctional disorder therapies often in children to help with jaw and arch development, which contributes to straighter adult teeth. Our treatments also work well for tongue-tied children.

Contact Your Dentist in Fayetteville to Schedule a Consultation

At Northwest Arkansas Family Dental, we want our patients to sleep well, realize proper facial function, and enjoy an improved quality of life. If you would like to arrange a consultation, or if you have questions, contact a dental team member today.

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