Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. What is an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD)?
A. An OMD occurs when there is atypical muscle patterning at rest and/or during chewing and swallowing.

Q. How long is treatment?
A. Habit cessation programs are usually 1 week in length and may involve at least 2 appointments. Habit cessation programs are available for lip licking, pacifier use, blanket sucking, tongue sucking, digit sucking, nail biting, etc.

A full course of orofacial myology treatment is typically 14-20 weeks in length, depending on several factors, including the severity of the orofacial myofunctional disorder and patient compliance. Patients are seen weekly. Active treatment is divided into three phases: (1) Pretreatment exercises; (2) Chewing and swallowing mechanics; and (3) Habituation and integration into lifestyle.

Q. What does treatment entail?
A. Treatment is for neuromuscular re-education (changing the muscle memory) of the tongue and other facial muscles. It consists of various activities, mostly exercises.

Q. Do you treat adults?
A. Yes, we treat children and adults. Most of our patients are 4 years of age or older.

Q. Are materials included?
A. Yes, materials are provided at no charge at the time of the initial evaluation. Patients may need to purchase some small food items for use during therapy. Patients are asked to bring the provided materials to each appointment.

Q. How much does treatment cost?
A. The cost of treatment varies. We try to keep our services affordable for our patients and their families. We are able to accept HSA and FSA monies, and we also offer payment plans. We do not participate with any insurance companies or plans at this time.

Q. Where do we meet for appointments?
A. The pre- and post-therapy appointment evaluations must be completed in-person because we take measurements and photos. In-person sessions are also highly recommended, especially for younger children. We have an office in Mount Washington, where most therapy sessions are held. We can also provide telemedicine (through doxy.me, Skype, or FaceTime) by patient request. In-home appointments are also available; however, there may be a charge for mileage.

Q. I'm a SLP, dental provider, or medical care provider. How can I learn more?
A. Schedule a lunch-and-learn or have us spend part of the day at your office. We also have referral pads available.