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Myofunctional Therapy: An Essential Part of All Aspects of Dentistry
May 15, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Myofunctional therapy has recently been given notoriety with the advent of studies showing that this treatment may help patients with sleep apnea. Years ago, in the 1970’s it was more widely used in all aspects of dentistry to assist the functions of the soft tissues to stabilize and work together with the hard tissues.
The identification and correction of muscle dysfunction will increase the success of your airway and sleep cases. Do you know what to look for, how to treat and where to refer?
This webinar will explain why it is so important for all dentists to learn how to incorporate myofunctional therapy into their practice.
Joy Moeller, BS, RDH is a dental hygienist who has worked as a myofunctional therapist for over 38 years. Myofunctional therapy has now been proven to be effective in reducing AHI numbers by 50% in adults and 62% in children. Joy is a founding lecturer with the AOMT and teaches with the School of Sleep Medicine in Palo Alto, California.
Joy is on the board of the AAPMD, our multi-disciplinary medical / dental group focusing on airway problems. In 2015, Joy was the recipient of the prestigious life-time achievement award for her pioneering work in myofunctional therapy and for her courageous leadership. She is the author of a children’s book, “Tucker the Tongue Finds His Spot”; a chapter in Sleep Medicine Clinics, published June 2014; a chapter in a Pediatric Dental Sleep Book; and a chapter in an Orthognathic Surgery Text book. Additionally, she has published at least 30 articles.
Joy has lectured world-wide including three Grand Rounds at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; last year four times at the World Sleep Congress in Prague; the International Pediatric Sleep Association; the Asian Pulmonary Conference; and many dental and medical meetings world-wide. She feels strongly that OMT will “Bridge the Gap” between medicine and dentistry, especially in relationship to TMD, Orthodontics and Sleep Disorders.