Q. What is an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD)?
A. An OMD occurs when there is abnormal lip, jaw, or tongue position during rest and/or 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) Integration into lifestyle.
Q. What does treatment entail?
A. Treatment is for neuromuscular re-education of the tongue and other facial muscles. It consists of various activities, mostly exercises. These are to be done daily at home.
Q. Do you treat adults?
A. Yes, we treat children and adults. Most of our patients who undergo the habit cessation program are 5 years of age and older; however, we do sometimes see children under the age of 5. For the full course of orofacial myofunctional therapy, most of our patients are age 7 and older.
Q. Are materials included?
A. Yes, all materials are provided at no charge at the time of the initial evaluation appointment. 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. Cost of treatment varies, as it depends on the length of treatment and if there are any negative habits that need to be addressed. Payment is expected up-front (monthly). We do not participate with insurance companies, but as a courtesy, we can provide you with a super bill that you can submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. We are also able to accept HSA and FSA monies, and financing may be available.
Q. Where do we meet for appointments?
A. The free screening, pre-therapy evaluation, and post-therapy appointment evaluations must be completed in-person. 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 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.