Myofunctional Therapy in Walnut Creek, CA

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What Is Myofunctional Therapy?

Orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD) can affect the lip, jaw, or tongue position. This disorder alters the way the cheeks, teeth, lips, and jaw function when speaking or eating, along with how they sit when in a resting position. Life Dental & Orthodontics values myofunctional therapy as an effective way to improve the quality of life in Walnut Creek, CA patients suffering from OMD. Each therapy session consists of a set of exercises that have been carefully selected to address your particular OMD needs. To find out if myofunctional therapy could benefit you, schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience.

Is someone you love a mouth breather? Having the lips constantly apart is not only detrimental for your health, but it also can lead to more vertical growth of the face, with narrow, crowded dental arches. Habits such as mouth breathing, thumb sucking, and poor oral rest posture can be addressed with myofunctional therapy. Think of your myofunctional therapist as a personal trainer for your tongue and the muscles of your face!

How Is Myofunctional Therapy Performed?

We will facilitate the connection of our patients with specialized healthcare professionals who employ the latest therapeutic techniques and cutting-edge technology for the treatment of OMD and its associated conditions, such as mouth breathing and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Each session will comprise a series of exercises to rewire the neural pathways and improve facial and tongue muscle functions. Some exercises may include:

  • Create nasal breathing patterns
  • Normalize the resting position of your lips and tongue
  • Breaking harmful habits, such as thumb-sucking

Life Dental has an excellent Dental staff! Everyone is friendly & accommodating. Please consider Life Dental & Orthodontist for your next visit.

L.B. Google

Absolutely love this place! Friendly and accommodating staff and I really appreciate Dr Hockel’s knowledge of what’s going on with not only my teeth, but how it all works together with my airway and everything else too!

J.R. Google

I came to Doctor Hockel due to problems with sleep apnea. He diagnosed a narrow palate and some other issues that ultimately are obstructing my airway and recommended a course of palate expansion (upper and lower) before going for more extensive surgery to correct problems with my jaw. It's been really great working with him and his staff! They're all extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. They've answered every question I had and taken the time to explain what's being done each time (in what's going to be a couple-year-long process.) They're definitely using the latest tools and techniques and I feel completely comfortable with whatever they recommend. All in all, a *really* great dentist! [Edit from 2+ years in the future - 10/18/2023] I had my jaw surgery (total TMJ replacement and MMA (Maxillomandibular advancement, to move the upper teeth forward) in St Louis in May (via the only surgeon Dr Hockel trusts to do the surgery, who really is great) and returned to Dr Hockel's care in late June. Sleep apnea is cured, my bite was lined up and everything went well. Today was a great day - I got my braces off! We're now in the process of stabilizing the teeth with a retainer, but they look great and feel even better, with everything in my bite closing in the right places and all the teeth nice and straight and even. Dr Hockel's staff were awesome as usual - I showed up 20 minutes early and they said "come right in!" and we got to work. If you ever need to deal with airway issues (or indeed with orthodontia and other dental procedures), definitely give Life Dental and Orthodontics a call. They're the best!

D.C. Google

A bit challenging to say "loved it" for a visit to the dentist, but we have been clients of Dr. Brian Hockel and his father before him for close to thirty years. We have been very pleased with the dental service, the staff and the facilities. Dr. Brian is very skilled and goes out of his way to provide holistic, thorough and caring treatment. He's a fine dentist (and a good musician and magician, as well). His staff is excellent. They are very well trained , friendly and empathetic.

D.M. Google

Very friendly and knowledgeable.

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Oral myofunctional therapy can benefit individuals in the Walnut Creek, CA community dealing with conditions such as TMJ disorder and Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD). We prioritize connecting patients with experienced specialists who excel in addressing airway and orofacial conditions. To explore the possibilities of myofunctional therapy, please reach out to our team at Life Dental & Orthodontics.

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