Sleep & ADHD
“Doctors are starting to realize the importance of treating sleep problems and the impact this can have on both ADHD symptoms and quality of life for ADHD patients and their families.
An estimated 25 to 50% of people with ADHD experience sleep problems, ranging from insomnia to secondary sleep conditions.”
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Can help
Children & Adults Behave Differently When Sleep Deprived:
"Adults become sluggish, where children overcompensate and speed up.
Children may also become moody, emotionally explosive, aggressive, inattentive, hyperactive, impulsive and display oppositional behaviors."11,13,14,15
Is Your Child Starting to Display Any Of These Symptoms?
Causes Long Face Syndrome11,16,19,23
Narrow Jaw and Face
Poorly Defined Cheekbones
Jaw Set Back
Underdeveloped Nasal Airway
Poorer Academics: Performing Poorly at School11
Poorer Quality of Life8,9,10
Reduced Growth Hormone Production: May not be growing as fast as their peers. Takes a while to heal.31,32,33
Sleep Apnea: Breathing Stops While Asleep for a Varying Length of Time
Dry Mouth, Sore Throat, Headaches, Trouble Paying Attention, & Irritability12
Memory Loss: Sleep helps to consolidate memories12
Weakened Immune System: Reduced number of T-cells12
High Blood Sugar Levels3
Deprives Body of Needed Oxygen Levels12
What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Capable Of?
At Oral-Facial Advantage, we guide your child's growth towards a more balanced oral-facial foundation. Aiding to prevent, or soothe the many disorders you see through-out this website.
Reflexive vs. Conscious
We chew, swallow, breathe, and rest our mouths as an un-trained reflexive habit.
The Oral-Facial Advantage Program is a personalized straightforward set of exercises, scientifically designed to build new beneficial long-term muscle-memories.
At What Age Can My Child Begin Oral-Facial Muscle Therapy?
The younger the child the more flexible their physiology and behavior.
Mature 3 to 4 year old mouth breathers can learn nasal breathing.
Mentally prepared 5 year old's can begin the Oral Habit Elimination Program.
7 to 8+ year old's can start their Oral-Facial Advantage Program.
Who is Eligible for a Free Consult?
All ages can come in for a free consult.
It is a great opportunity for your questions to be answered, and for the Orofacial Myologist to assess your child's readiness for the program.
Book a Free In-Person Consultation Today
Benefits of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
Soothes or relieves headaches
Can help reduce snoring & apnea
May reverse some ADHD symptoms
Opens upper airways
Can prevent long face syndrome
Alleviates facial pain
Improves posture & core muscle stability
Increases jaw range of motion
Facial symmetry: Tones facial muscles & tissues
Improves focus, memory, productivity
Lowers harmful stress hormones
Relieves digestive discomfort
Eliminates habits involving the mouth
What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?
The mouth, head, and neck are a complex weave of muscles, tissues, joints, bones, blood vessels, and nerves that all need to work together for a smooth, discomfort free daily function.
Currently, we are born and grow with little direction and training in this area of our bodies. We eat the way we eat, we chew on the side that is most comfortable, we swallow whichever way gets the food down, our tongues rest wherever they rest, we breathe the easier way, and we have repetitive habits that soothe our stress that can involve our faces and mouths.
All of these reflexive habits can create abnormalities in your child's oral and facial structures, and since they have been doing them throughout their youthful growth, their bones and muscles have molded around these untrained habits, potentially creating ingrained disorders in their later years.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapists specialize and only focus on the muscles and tissues throughout the tongue, jaw, face, head, and neck. Weekly exercises are given that either tone or relax these muscles and tissues aligning them to your child's center. Working from their foundation up. Progressively resetting years of habits. Most children will complete the program within the year and yet their new symmetry could last their lifetime.
A Stanford University Systematic Review revealed the lasting beneficial effects of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in a wide cohort:
“Current literature demonstrates that orofacial myofunctional therapy decreases apnea-hypopnea index by approximately 50% in adults and 62% in children. Improvements to snoring and daytime sleepiness. Shown effective in children and adults of all ages studied thus far; youngest patient 3 yrs old to 60 yrs old. Therapy has an important role in preventing relapse.”48
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