Myofunctional Therapy: Part 2
This week, we will be focusing on the progression of dentofacial growth problems and recognizing the correct tongue position and muscles that myofunctional therapy targets to correct these concerns.
The development of craniofacial growth problems can start with a number of causes, including the following:
- Lack of muscle usage/compensation due to difficulties with breastfeeding
- Processed or soft foods
- Poor oral habits such as thumb sucking
- Bottle-feeding and/or pacifier use
Then, structural and functional changes result from the following:
- Incorrect chewing
- Improper swallowing
- Narrow or collapsed palate
- Low tongue rest
- Lack of lip seal
So, what does a proper tongue position look like?
A proper tongue position helps grow and maintain the proper jaw size, stays clear from the airway to prevent blockage, and rests against the roof of the mouth.
To promote proper tongue position, myofunctional therapy targets the following:
- Muscles of mastication
- Neck muscles
- Tongue muscles
- Pharyngeal muscles
Low Tongue Posture
High Tongue Posture
Check out what patients are saying about their experience with myofunctional therapy!
“I am certain [myofunctional therapy] has helped to provide higher quality sleep, greater breathing capacity in my meditations and workouts, daily awareness of nose breathing over mouth breathing, and most of all – freedom from my CPAP machine! – Thanks to LeighAnn.”
“I have never truly dreamed before, or I just don’t remember the last time I’ve dreamed. Not only did this program help improve the quality of my sleep, but I now have begun to dream and actually remember them. Thanks to Gisselle!”
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Oral Manifestations of Systemic Conditions
March 14, 2022
5—8 pm PST
March 28, 2022
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Hear from an attendee from last week’s live training event about his experience at the Vivos Institute and why you should bring your team!
Sessions 1–3 Practical
Our Live Practical Course is available to all Vivos VIPs who have completed Sessions 1–3 virtually. This is a hands-on course where you will review everything learned from Sessions 1–3, go through the record process as a patient, and take the records as the doctor. You will also get hands-on training with Vivos guides and the DNA/mRNA appliances.
TMJ Part 1:
Building the Bite
Learn how to build a bite for optimal airway with Dr. Jon Caulfield and Maryam Motlagh in this two-day introductory course on TMJ.
This elective is a must for all VIPs. Whether you bill in office, use a service, or are FFS, a knowledge of medical billing is essential for case acceptance. This course covers the entire medical billing process, including workflows for commercial insurance and Medicare.
Advanced Practical Training
This three-day course will put the pieces together from everything you have previously learned in Session 1–5. Doctors will learn how to speak with confidence when talking to a patient, identify complex cases, and troubleshoot problems.
Attend Session 1–3 Live Practical
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Start a minimum of five cases
Leadership in Your Practice
Vivos Captain Training
This two-day course is designed for the Vivos Captain to attend. The Captain will learn how to hold the team accountable for the roles and responsibilities they play in an airway center. This training includes hands-on training for driving case starts and being a leader in your practice.
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Sleep Talks with Empower Sleep
Wednesday, March 9
11 AM MDT
Join Empower Sleep and Dr. Sahil Chopra for a roundtable discussion on YOUR patients’ home sleep tests (HST). During this webinar, you will be able to share your challenging and/or complex home sleep tests and gain a better understanding of the results.
Patient Education Meeting
Thursday, March 10
11 AM MDT
Does your team need a patient education meeting or a refresher? Have a new staff member who needs to see a PEM for the first time? Then join us at this webinar!
Friday, March 11
11 AM MDT
This webinar will teach you more about what you need to know about integrating TMJ into your practice!