Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Fayetteville, AR Dentist

How does myofunctional therapy work?

Myofunctional disorders affect people of all ages and refer to abnormalities of the lips, tongue, jaw, and the incorrect positioning of anatomy in and around the mouth. These disorders may be caused by thumb sucking or obstruction of the airway. In many cases, these issues are there from birth, but they may also result from injury or prolonged sucking patterns, including the extended use of a pacifier or bottle.

Your Fayetteville dentist can help diagnose and treat myofunctional disorders to restore proper function.

Symptoms of myofunctional disorders include:

  • Sleep issues like snoring and restlessness
  • Mouth breathing and difficulty breathing while eating
  • Daytime sleepiness and dark circles under the eyes
  • Tongue thrusting, tongue-tied, and strong gag reflex
  • Aversion to food textures
  • Thumb sucking
  • Dental issues like crooked teeth and bruxism

At Northwest Arkansas Family Dental, we look for the root cause of your dysfunction and treat accordingly. Treatments may include exercises, therapies, and even custom oral appliances to restore proper function. In children, your dentist can design treatments to help ensure proper arch development as well. This helps teeth come in straight and can reverse the course of the disorder.  

For Myofunctional Disorder Therapy in Fayetteville, Contact Us

Your dentist wants you to enjoy a comfortable and healthy smile, including oral anatomy that functions as it should. Reach out today to arrange your evaluation.

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