Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Fayetteville, AR Dentist

What Is Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder?

February 27, 2020
Posted By: Northwest Arkansas Family Dental

At Northwest Arkansas Family Dental, we want you and your family members to enjoy a comfortable smile that functions as it should. Aside from dental health therapies, your dentist in Fayetteville also considers and treats myofunctional disorders. Dentists, after all, are maxillofacial experts. So it only makes sense that they should treat orofacial myofunctional disorders.

What Are Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders?

Orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD) means there are abnormalities of the lips, jaw, positioning of the tongue, speech or ability to swallow

In some cases, OMD results from thumb or oral appliance sucking, specifically in children. However, OMD is also seen in adults.

Symptoms of OMD include:

  • Mouth breathing
  • Restless sleeping
  • Short attention span
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Thrusting tongue forward to swallow
  • Thumb sucking
  • Fidgeting
  • Difficulty breathing while eating
  • Teeth grinding
  • Dark circles under eyes
  • Tongue-tied when trying to speak
  • High gag reflex
  • Difficulty with food textures or picky eater
  • Crooked teeth

Your Fayetteville dentist will evaluate you for OMD, and recommend treatment based on specific findings. Therapies restore function and eliminate symptoms.

How Is It Treated

At Northwest Arkansas Family Dental, we customize our therapies to meet your specific needs.

OMD Therapy means training oral-facial muscles to behave in a way that reduces your symptoms and restores function. Treatments may include therapeutic exercises, orthodontics, special braces, and customized oral appliances.  

Your dentist will discuss your therapy options with you and help you decide on a plan of action.

Contact Our Dental Office

If you would like to schedule an OMD evaluation for yourself or your child, or if you would like to learn more about our therapies, contact a member of our dental team to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.

We look forward to restoring your oral health and comfort, and we are always here to answer your questions.  

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