Myofunctional Analysis and its Role in Dental Assessments and Oral Health

Aug. 26, 2015

A Peer-Reviewed Publication Written by Paula Fabbie, RDH, BS


Dental healthcare professionals are encouraged to assess orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) in their patients. Interest in myofunctional therapy by sleep experts is compelling dental healthcare professionals to revisit the evaluation of myofunctional disorders. Many dental offices pay little attention to orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) and the role they play in airway, dentofacial growth and development and overall health. Professional dental programs that once required clinicians to recognize and treat OMDs have been abandoned. Resurgence in the identification and treatment of these disorders by sleep experts are encouraging the re-education of dental professionals in assessment and treatment of myofunctional disorders.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this educational activity participants will be able to:

1. Define orofacial myofunctional disorders.
2. Discuss the origins of orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) and its role in dentistry today.
3. List the signs that may indicate the presence of an orofacial myofunctional disorder.
4. Identify the basic components of orofacial myofunctional therapy and parameters that are required for success.

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