The Field Of Myofunctional Therapy Is Exploding!
When I first started my myofunctional therapy practice, the field wasn’t all that well known. Dentists, orthodontists, and even patients weren’t familiar with what I did.
But that’s ALL changed!
The field has exploded in the last two years. My practice is growing at a rate I could never have imagined. In addition to a stream of motivated patients, I’m being contacted every day by dentists, hygienists, and other medical professionals from all over the world. They’re looking for ways to integrate myofunctional therapy into their practice and to offer a higher standard of care to their patients.
Myofunctional therapy has become mainstream, driven to a large degree by an increased awareness of the importance of the airway, mouth, and tongue in our overall health.
In the video below, I go over all the changes in the field, and I'll tell you all about my story, and why I started my mentoring programs.
The dental field is taking the lead in treating sleep apnea and other sleep disordered breathing conditions, and tongue-tie is now being diagnosed and treated very differently to the way it was a few years ago.
The Spring 2018 issue of Dental Sleep Practice magazine describes the shift in sleep medicine from doctors to dentists as “Seismic”.
The ADA has a new policy statement on the Role of Dentistry in the Treatment of Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders. The new recommendations are that all dentists screen patients for sleep disordered breathing. With an estimated 90 million Americans suffering from some form of sleep disordered breathing, we’re basically dealing with an epidemic. So exponential growth in the number of patients being treated is inevitable.
Myofunctional therapy is an important part of a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing these sleep-related conditions and helping these patients.
Patients are now very aware of the effects of tongue-tie. Tongue-tied children become the adults with sleep apnea, Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome and other sleep disordered breathing symptoms. These same children are likely to grow into adults with chronic head, neck and shoulder pain, TMJ problems and other health concerns.
Myofunctional therapy is now seen as a critical component in treating tongue-tie in adults and children. Doctors performing the tongue-tie release procedure are increasingly insisting that patients need to do myofunctional therapy exercises before and after to ensure the best long-term results.
Myofunctional therapy is also used to address TMJ issues, forward head posture, and problems stemming from a narrow airway. In addition, the therapy is important to ensure long-term stable orthodontic results so that patients can avoid relapse. The most difficult orthodontic cases are usually the patients with myofunctional disorders.
Dentists and orthodontists are either integrating myofunctional therapy directly into their practice or referring to trusted therapists who are up to date with the latest techniques. Demand for skilled myofunctional therapists is going to absolutely explode in the next few years!
A recent testimonial
I love getting good feedback from the amazing people on my mentoring programs! Here’s an email I received recently from one of my students. I think you’ll agree it’s pretty great.
I hope you have been enjoying your time away and some vacation! I just wanted to share some good news with you…
It has been three weeks since officially launching my myofunctional therapy practice! In that short time I’ve worked with six paying clients, five being kids doing MiniMyo in three session increments as needed.
I am starting a habit elimination program with a set of twins this Tuesday! And my best news of all so far is I booked my first adult client today for a 12-session program at $2400!! She saw Dr Zaghi yesterday after we referred her there and was so eager to get started!
After seeing how much work and time etc. I’ve been putting into this and also watching this business webinar during my lunch yesterday where the lady stated it is absolutely normal to charge $2400 for a 4-6 month program, it just helped push out any fears or doubts, especially as a newbie. I decided I was gonna go for it with my adult patient today and she didn’t bat an eye. She arranged to pay half today and half in a month. I have her CC on file and it was really good appt. I’m excited for the opportunity.
Also my doctor paid for me to take Dr Zaghi’s functional frenuloplasty class next Saturday, so I will be able to see it first hand and learn his protocol at the perfect time.
I’m learning so much of what to do and what not to do and can see the learning will never stop. I’m so glad to be a part of your mentoring program, and thankful for all of your support and help thus far. It can only get better!
Anyways just wanted to share! Speak with you soon on our next call and enjoy the rest of your trip!”
I offeR mentoring and training programs FOR:
Hygienists who want to feel more fulfilled in their dental hygiene careers, or who want to start their own myofunctional therapy practices.
Dental offices of any size that want to integrate myofunctional therapy into their practice. I can train teams on site or remotely, covering everything from recognizing the symptoms, treatment protocols, front office procedures and insurance billing.
If you'd like to find out more about my programs, and how we can work together, please feel free to get in touch. I'd be happy to have a chat!
THE TEAM APPROACH TO MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY
One of the most exciting developments in the field is the way dentists, orthodontists, and doctors are recognizing that myofunctional therapy is critical to achieving optimal results for their patients. The multidisciplinary approach makes all the difference!
Here's a great example of the team approach in action, and why it's such good news for patients and therapists alike.
Dr. Soroush Zaghi at The Breathe Institute in Los Angeles is one of the leading surgeons working with tongue-ties and other tethered oral tissues. He’s very focused on integrating myofunctional therapy into his practice, so much so that he has an in-house myofunctional therapy team.
I recently visited Dr. Zaghi to take his course on the functional frenulopasty release technique he pioneered. While I was there, we filmed this three-way discussion with Dr. Zaghi and myofunctional therapist Sanda Valcu-Pinkerton, who’s the Myofunctional Therapy Director at The Breathe Institute. In the video below, we go into detail as to why the team approach to tongue-ties is so important to a successful long-term outcome.