Frequently Asked Questions
- 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.
- How long is treatment?
A. Habit cessation programs are usually 7-10 days in length ask long as there are no set backs and may involve a few 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 14-23 weeks in length, depending on several factors, including the severity of the orofacial myofunctional disorder and patient compliance. Patients should be seen weekly. Active treatment is divided into three phases: (1) Pretreatment exercises; (2) Chewing and swallowing mechanics; and (3) Integration into lifestyle.
- What does treatment entail?
A. Treatment is for neuromuscular re-education of the tongue and other facial muscles. It consists of various activities (ie: exercises). These are to be done daily at home.
- Do you treat adults?
A. Yes, we treat all ages. We can evaluate for lip and tongue ties in infants to help with breastfeeding more effectively. The patients we see for habit cessation program are around 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.
- Are materials included?
A. Yes, most materials are provided at no charge at the time of the initial evaluation appointment. Patients will need to purchase a small squirt bottle and some small food items for use during therapy. Patients are asked to bring the provided materials to each appointment.
- 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 at time of service. We do not participate with insurance companies.
- Where do we meet for appointments?
A. The free screening, initial evaluation, pre-therapy evaluation, and post-therapy appointment evaluations must be completed in-person. We have an office in Wyomissing, where all therapy sessions are held.
- 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.