Do you accept insurance?
I do not accept insurance directly. I am more than happy to assist you in the process of seeking reimbursement from your insurance company by providing invoices and superbills with all necessary codes.
How long are treatment sessions?
It depends on the type of treatment. However, each session is typically either 25 minutes or 50 minutes in length.
How much do you charge for your services?
Please call or email for more information about cost for services.
When is payment due?
Payment is due at the time of service. Credit card, check or cash accepted. Clients also have access to a client portal for easy and secure online payment options.
What are orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs)?
Taken from "Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders"
"OMD refers to abnormal resting labial-lingual posture of the orofacial musculature, atypical chewing and swallowing patterns, dental malocclusions, blocked nasal airways, and speech problems.
• OMDs are patterns involving oral and orofacial musculature that interfere with normal growth, development, or function of the orofacial structures, or calls attention to itself. OMDs can be found in both children and adults and can occur across the lifespan.
• OMDs, commonly seen in children, include a swallowing pattern with dentalized (anterior or lateralized) tongue movement (often referred to as tongue thrust). OMDs also encompass nonnutritive sucking behaviors like thumb and/or digit sucking, cheek See the Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders Evidence Map for summaries of the available research on this topic Scope: The scope of this page is orofacial myofunctional disorders in individuals of all ages. or tongue sucking, prolonged pacifier usage, clenching or bruxing, etc. and can lead to the development of abnormal movement patterns, eruption of dentition, and/or changes to the oral cavity.
• OMDs in the adult and geriatric populations occur secondary to various neurological impairments, oral hygiene problems, altered function of muscles due to aging, systemic diseases, or trauma to the oropharyngeal complex."
What is orofacial myofunctional therapy?
Orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) is a systematic therapeutic approach aimed at retraining dysfunctional, adaptive patterns of muscle function.
According to Talk Tools, the benefits of OMT may include:
-Correcting and improving tongue and lip postures which can aid in the development of normal patterns of dental eruption and alignment.
-Assisting in the stabilization of the teeth during and/or after orthodontic treatment or jaw surgery.
-Identifying the need and referring for speech therapy to support the remediation of speech errors based on not only the acoustics of speech, but the oral placements as well.
-Supporting nasal breathing through the identification of airway obstruction, tethered oral tissues, and other structural anomalies.