Myofunctional Therapy Boulder, CO

The dental care team at Gunbarrel Dental in Boulder is committed to providing complete and comprehensive oral health care and dental services. In addition to general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry, we offer care for complex issues affecting your oral health and wellness. Myofunctional therapy can be a part of your overall treatment for a range of oral health-related problems, including airway issues, sleep disorders, and TMJ disorders.

Similar to physical therapy that can address muscle function and range of motion problems, myofunctional therapy consists of exercises for the mouth and tongue to improve breathing, speech, and other concerns. Dr. Barone and our dental care team work with patients who can benefit from myofunctional therapy to create personal plans designed to address specific needs. 

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What Is Myofunctional Therapy?

This is the first question patients ask when we mention myofunctional therapy as part of their treatment plan. Myofunctional therapy is a range of oral exercises using the tongue designed to promote changes in how a patient speaks and/or breathes. Patients of all ages can benefit from myofunctional therapy for a range of concerns, especially children with tongue ties, orofacial concerns or speech problems. It is often prescribed after a tongue or lip tie revision to support a lasting result and retrain muscles. Myofunctional therapy has been shown improve breathing in children and adults, promoting nasal breathing for better health and more restful sleep.

How does myofunctional therapy work?

The specific exercises that are part of myofunctional therapy are designed to retrain and strengthen muscles in the mouth, lips, and lower face. This includes the throat or airway, often a key element of common reasons for recommending myofunctional therapy.

What is myofunctional therapy recommended for?

Myofunctional therapy can be used to support the treatment a range of oral health or structural concerns, including:

  • Snoring
  • Mouth breathing during sleep
  • Speech problems
  • Airway issues and sleep disorders
  • Facial skeletal development concerns in children
  • TMJ disorders and teeth grinding

Am I a candidate for myofunctional therapy?

Dr. Barone will recommend this type of oral therapy as needed for patients. We can create a specific set of exercises to target your unique functional or orafacial concerns and offer treatment in our office.