Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) is a program used to correct the improper function of the tongue and facial muscles. It consists of therapeutic exercises to strengthen and re- educate facial and tongue muscles optimizing their function. It promotes nasal breathing, proper lip closure, a correct tongue resting position and a healthy swallowing pattern.
Dysfunction and imbalance of the orofacial muscles can negatively impact breastfeeding, oral hygiene, facial growth and esthetics, stability of orthodontic treatment, Temporomandibular joint movement, posture, digestion , sleep and more.
OMT is painless and the exercises are fairly simple. When certain muscles of the face are activated and functioning properly, other muscles will follow suit until proper coordination of the tongue and facial muscles is achieved.
Proper assessment of the orofacial muscles allows for targeted and effective exercises for oral posture retraining to promote better health with goals to improve breathing, reduce pain and enhance the quality of life.
ROBIN FAPP RDH
SPECIALIZING IN OROFACIAL MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY
I was born in Southern California and moved to the Central Coast when I was 10 years old. I was raised in a dental family as my dad was a dentist in Atascadero for many years.
I naturally gravitated to the career of dental hygiene and have been practicing for 35 years, enjoying my clinical experiences and taking care of my patients.
I gained knowledge and understanding of orofacial myology through my continuing education and realized my family and I would benefit from Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT).
This led me to advance my education and training in OMT. I am a graduate of Mastering Myo (recognized by the IAOM), Launch Your Inner Myo, a Member of Airway Circle, CDHA, IAOM and I'm currently pursuing further education in this field.
I enjoy working with all ages to improve oral function as it relates to breathing, sleep, chewing and swallowing, facial development and growth.
I'm looking forward to meeting you!
HI! I'M ROBIN...
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Not sure if myofunctional therapy is right for you? Let me answer your questions and we can see if you or your child is a candidate for myofunctional therapy.
Designed for children 4-6 years old who would benefit from simple exercises, but are not ready to have a full foundational program. It is ideal to start young to guide growth and eliminate habits.
MINI MYO PROGRAM (4-6 YEAR OLDS)
6-8 sessions • 30 mins
PRE/POST FRENECTOMY THERAPY
8 sessions • 30-45 mins
During this eight-session therapy program, we will meet three times in person to
practice several exercises in preparation for your surgery. After surgery, we will meet for five sessions to review prior exercises and introduce more to ensure proper healing to prevent re-attachment of the once tethered oral tissue.
Our comprehensive evaluation is an in depth 60 min appointment assessing orofacial dysfunction, reviewed dental and health history, compensations, function, and a customized plan for therapy.
3-6 sessions • 30-45 mins
A program designed to assist with thumb or finger sucking cessation. Dedication is crucial to success, and the patient must be willing to commit to this treatment. Treatment time can vary from one month (3 sessions) to six months (6 sessions).
OM THERAPY SESSION
12-14 sessions • 30-45 mins
During our therapy session you will learn proper techniques to train your mouth and facial muscles through exercises specifically chosen for you and your needs. This program is individualized and benefits those with the following disorders: tongue tie or tethered oral tissues, tongue thrust, TMJ pain, mild sleep apnea, low tongue resting posture, posture problems, open bite, and more.
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