In addition to treating sleep disordered breathing, Dakota Dental offers myofunctional
therapy, a series of facial and tongue techniques and behavior modifications that are designed to improve breathing, bite, and orofacial posture.
Chewing ability can therefore be influenced by temporomandibular joint dysfunction, pain, orofacial myofunctional
disorders, occlusal anomalies, tooth loss, the use of poorly fitting dental prostheses, the presence of caries, and periodontal disease (1-4).
However, the use of pacifiers and bottle feeding may cause speech disorders, myofunctional
disorders and emotional difficulties (8).
The use of myofunctional
appliances in the UK: a survey of British orthodontists.
relation and orthodontic treatment in patient with Turner syndrome.
For the correction of under developed/ backward placed lower jaw (small size mandible) by using myofunctional
appliance to accelerate or stimulate the lower jaw growth to achieve a normal profile.
Truksinas et al., "Myofunctional
therapy improves adherence to continuous positive airway pressure treatment," Sleep and Breathing, vol.
For children, as well as adults, orofacial myofunctional
exercises can be taught by myofunctional
Breathe Easy Myofunctional
Therapy, 3100 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, 604148491
Validity and reliability of a protocol of orofacial myofunctional
evaluation for patients with obstructive sleep apnea.
Wright, "The use of myofunctional
appliances in the UK: a survey of British orthodontists," Dental Update, vol.
There are studies on the use of biofeedback for the therapeutic intervention [12-14], about the use of expiratory muscle strength training for swallowing , about the effects of surface electrical stimulation , and on myofunctional
exercises for swallowing [17,18].