In-practice consulting, training courses and lecturing

Our courses are individually tailored to meet the specific needs of your practice. Course content, timing and participant numbers can all be adapted to provide your practice with the most valuable learning outcomes for your business.

This is an exciting time in the field of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy. With new research, an increasing awareness of the value of OMT is spreading across the medical profession and to the general public.

OMT plays an important adjunctive role in the multi-disciplinary approach to treat the orthodontic, TMD and sleep-disordered breathing patient. Our specially designed courses train your staff to recognise myofunctional disorders, airway, orthodontic, growth and development issues and identify opportunities for further dental intervention.

Therapy programs involve more frequent patient visits to your practice, driving patient engagement and retention, and building more valuable, long- term relationships with your clients.

Offering patients this service in-house also assists in building an extensive network referral system of ENTs, sleep physicians, orthodontists and other health professionals.

To arrange a time to discuss how we can help with you training needs please contact Rochelle.

Orofacial myofunctional therapy foundation course

Duration: 4 days

This course is designed for the dental, speech or other health practitioners looking to incorporate orofacial myofunctional therapy into their patient care. The program is designed around your practice’s needs and existing treatment methods.  This four-day course is broken up into two lots of two days and can be organised around weekends if needed. Breaking the course up gives the clinic time to consolidate what they have learned, and immediately start putting this into practice.

Tongue tie - myofunctional therapy course.

Duration: 1 day

This one-day program is designed to cover the assessment and grading of tongue tie, pre- and post-therapy needed to achieve optimal tongue function, tone and range of motion.

Advanced principles in myofunctional therapy for the sleep disordered breathing patient.

Duration: 1 day

This advanced course builds on key learnings from the four-day foundation course, and further develops skills and therapy techniques to treat the sleep disordered breathing patient. Course content covers both children and adult patients.

Advanced principles in myofunctional therapy for the TMD/facial pain patient.

Duration: 1 day

This advanced course builds on key learnings from the four-day foundation course, and further develops skills and therapy techniques to treat patients suffering TMD and facial pain.

Improving your orofacial myofunctional assessment and airway assessment for the oral health professional

Duration: 1 day

This course is designed to improve patient assessment.  Being able to identify myofunctional disorders and airway issues is important to improve your treatment outcomes and overall health of your patients.

Orofacial myofunctional therapy to be used in conjunction with Myobrace.

Duration: 2 days

Myobrace can be an effective treatment for the causes of crooked teeth, and OMT as adjunctive therapy can improve results by re-patterning the oral and facial muscles that cause issues with growth and development. Learn how to create individualised therapy for your patients. No two people are alike or have the same issues and therefore their therapy needs are different.  

Myofunctional Therapy for toddlers, 3 to 5 year old

Duration: 2 days

This program is designed to cover assessment, growth and development issues, and myofunctional therapy for toddlers. It is important to start repatterning oral and facial muscles at an early age. Learn how to create fun and creative programs for toddlers.

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Recent engagements

Courses

Recent consulting engagements include:

  1. Kooringal Dental, Wagga Wagga
  2. TMJ Therapy Centre, Melbourne
  3. Gentle Dentistry, Adelaide 
  4. Lindfield Speech Pathology & Learning Centre, Sydney
  5. Pedodontist Kiddies Dental Care, Melbourne

If you have thought about incorporating Orofacial Myology into your practice and would like further advanced training in this area, please get in touch today.

LECTURING

Rochelle also regularly delivers lectures in orofacial myology. Her recent engagements and topics include: 

  1. May 2018: American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, Australian Chapter - "The Various Faces of Fragmented Sleep"
  2. May 2018: Australasian Society for Tongue and Lip Tie - "Achieving Optimal Tongue Function, Tied and Untied"
  3. April 2018: IAA Dent Orthodontic Course – “Orofacial Myology for the Orthodontic Patient”
  4. February 2018: Australian Academy of Orofacial Myology - “Four Day Introductory Course to Myofunctional Therapy”
  5. November 2017: Australian Academy of Orofacial Myology – Masterclass in Sleep - “Sleep Disordered Breathing – Clinical signs for the oral health professional”
  6. October 2017: EODO – “Orofacial Myology in the SDB Patient”
  7. September 2017:  EODO – “All about Myofunctional Therapy”
  8. July 2017: AACP Australian Chapter – “Ages and Stages of Orofacial Myology”
  9. August 2017: Australian Academy of Orofacial Myology – “Introductory to Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy”
  10. August 2017: Australian Academy of Orofacial Myology - “Introductory to Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy”
  11. June, July and August 2017: Best Orthodontic Seminars and Sessions (BOSS) – “Multidisciplinary Care for the Orthodontic Patient”
  12. June 2017: IAAD Orthodontic Course – “Orofacial Myology in the Orthodontic Practice”
  13. May and July 2017: Derek Mahony Orthodontist – “Orofacial Myology for the Speech Pathologist”
  14. March 2017: Oral Health Courses Melbourne – “Beyond Teeth”
  15. February 2017:  Australian Academy of Orofacial Myology –  “Introductory to Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy”
  16. February 2017: Australian Association of Orofacial Myology – “Allergies and Orofacial Myology”
  17. February 2017: Australian Association of Dental Hygienist Association NSW – “Orofacial Myology in the Dental Practice”

If you are interested in learning more about working with Rochelle for an upcoming conference, or incorporating orofacial myology into your practice, please get in touch today. 


Useful research for health professionals

A number of studies have definitively established the beneficial effects of orofacial myofunctional therapy in conjunction with orthodontic therapy [1-4]. Current literature [5] also demonstrates that myofunctional therapy decreases severity of sleep apnoea by approximately 50% in adults and 62% in children, and OM is also recommended [6] in the treatment of mouth breathing and sleep disordered breathing in children, particularly post-tonsil removal. Orofacial myofunctional therapy also demonstrates a significant reduction of the frequency and severity of signs and symptoms of temporomandibular disorders [7].

References

  1. Effectiveness of orofacial myofunctional therapy in orthodontic patients
  2. Relapse of anterior open bites treated with orthodontic appliances with and without orofacial myofunctional therapy
  3. The effectiveness of orofacial myofunctional therapy in improving dental occlusion
  4. Influence of non-orthodontic intervention on digit sucking and consequent anterior open bite
  5. Myofunctional Therapy to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  6. Mouth breathing, “nasal disuse,” and pediatric sleep-disordered breathing
  7. Effects of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy on Temporomandibular Disorders