Myofunctional Therapy in Yorktown Heights, NY
Exercises That Help Strengthen the Tongue
If you are suffering from sleep apnea or TMJ/TMD disorder, Myofunctional Therapy in Yorktown Heights, NY may help your condition. The Center For Holistic Dentistry has treated many patients who have weak muscles in the tongue, mouth or upper throat with this risk-free, non-invasive and inexpensive therapy.
What Is Myofunctional Therapy?
Myofunctional Therapy is a group of exercises that centers on strengthening facial muscles we use to chew and swallow. These exercises also help fortify the correct position of the tongue in the mouth.
For TMJ/TMD Patients
Our goal is to bring the TM joint and the muscles of the jaw into a comfortable and healthful balance. Many of the patients we treat have improper posture and function of their tongue and lips and benefit from Myofunctional Therapy to correct this. It is often important for patients to receive appropriate care from either an osteopath, a chiropractor, or a physical therapist during this time to ensure that the neck and spine are also brought into proper alignment.
For Sleep Apnea Patients
Our mouth and throat are part of our oropharynx, which is basically a tube lined with muscular tissues that enable us to talk, eat, and breathe. When we go to sleep, these same muscle tissues help to keep our airway open. If these muscles are weak, airflow is interrupted, which can lead to snoring and if it collapses, our airway is blocked, resulting in sleep apnea. Having a weak tongue that flops back into the throat can also lead to an obstruction, which is where Myofunctional Therapy can help.
For patients with malocclusion, also known as a bad bite, we may utilize neuromuscular dentistry in combination with your Invisalign. This approach focuses on realigning the jaw position to correct the malocclusion. Neuromuscular dentistry is also used to treat or alleviate TMJ/TMD disorders.
Learn More About Myofunctional Therapy in Yorktown Heights, NY
To experience Dr. Lerner’s exceptional dental care, schedule your New Patient Exam by calling 914-245-4041 or by clicking here. Your appointment includes a comprehensive review of your health history and concerns; an evaluation of your teeth, bite, gums, and airway passage; low-radiation digital x-rays; and a discussion of your options with a personalized treatment plan. We look forward to meeting you!
As the premier holistic dental practice in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. and the Hudson Valley Region., our dentist and team at The Center For Holistic Dentistry also provide 5-star dental care to patients from Cortlandt Manor, Katonah, Mount Kisco, Briarcliff Manor & Westchester County, N.Y., and the surrounding areas.