tongue retraction

tongue re·trac·tion

(tŭng rĕ-trak'shŭn)
An atypical oral motor pattern whereby the tongue is pulled back or falls to the back of the mouth, making breathing and sucking difficult.
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Alternatively a dysfunction of either the cricohyoideus or the stylohyoideus muscles could have impaired tongue retraction.
Isolite says the shape is designed to allow for maximum tongue retraction and better fit in a patient's mouth.
The difference arises because tongue retraction is powered by muscles slow to contract in the cold.
For these patient types the new shape and design of the Small DV mouthpiece allows for an even more complete tongue retraction and better fit in a patient's mouth.