Myofunctional Therapy

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    Transforming Oral Health in New Orleans

    At the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans, we are dedicated to offering comprehensive and innovative solutions for a range of oral health concerns, including the benefits of Myofunctional Therapy. This specialized treatment focuses on correcting the improper function of the tongue and facial muscles used in swallowing and breathing. Myofunctional Therapy is particularly effective in treating disorders related to the orofacial complex, contributing to issues such as sleep apnea, snoring, TMJ disorders, and improper bite alignment.

    TMJ Myofunctional Therapy

    Retrain Muscle Function and Promote Healthy Habits

    Our team of experts is trained in the latest techniques of Myofunctional Therapy, aiming to retrain muscle function and promote healthy habits that support proper jaw development, enhance breathing patterns, and improve overall oral posture. By addressing the root causes of these conditions, Myofunctional Therapy can have a profound impact on both oral health and quality of life, including improved breathing, chewing, and speech, as well as a reduction in the symptoms associated with TMJ disorders.

    The TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans utilizes a personalized approach to Myofunctional Therapy, tailoring each treatment plan to the individual needs of our patients. Through a series of exercises and non-invasive techniques, patients learn to strengthen and coordinate the muscles of the face and mouth. This not only helps in correcting existing issues but also prevents potential problems in the future.

    How Our Services Can Help

    Whether you’re experiencing symptoms directly related to improper orofacial function, or you’re seeking to improve your overall oral health, our Myofunctional Therapy program is designed to offer lasting solutions. Our commitment to patient care ensures that you receive the support and guidance necessary to achieve optimal results from your therapy.

    At the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans, we’re proud to be at the forefront of Myofunctional Therapy, providing our patients with access to this effective and life-changing treatment. Contact us today to learn more about how Myofunctional Therapy can benefit you or your loved ones, and take the first step towards a healthier, more balanced oral environment.

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    about the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans

    Very Rev. Philip G. Landry

    5.0 ★★★★★

    Having been diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2003, I was fitted for a head-gear breathing apparatus to alleviate the condition. After struggling with discomfort and lack of sleep, I discontinued use of the device. During a visit to my cardiologist in 2017, I was ordered to take another sleep test which revealed that the condition had reached a dangerous level and that it must be addressed immediately. I shared with Dr. G. Johnson my concerns from the past and he informed me that a new mouth piece for this sleep disorder was available and referred me to Dr. Terry Billings, DDS.

    I contacted Dr. Billings and during my first appointment with him, after a series of tests, he determined that I had another condition, TMJ, which would have to be treated before addressing the sleep disorder. He explained to me that I would have to wear mouthpieces, one by day and one by night, for twelve weeks to correct this issue. My instant reaction was that as a Catholic priest serving as the rector of the St. Louis Cathedral, I often celebrate televised Masses during which a mouthpiece would certainly be a deterrent. Dr. Billings patiently and understandingly explained that I really had no option but assured me that he would be able to make weekly adjustments to the mouthpieces that would help with these concerns.

    Now as I approach the final weeks of this treatment, I am pleased to share that I have been most satisfied with the care and attention of both Dr. Billings and his staff. The level of professionalism and proficiency which I have experienced in the weekly office visits have made a challenging issue bearable. It is amazing to me what the treatment of the TMJ has done for my overall health and well-being and as I now await the mouthpiece to address my sleep disorder I am most grateful to Dr. Billings for his diagnosis and excellent treatment during this period of preparation for it.

    Arden Ballard, PA-C, MS

    5.0 ★★★★★

    You don’t hear that often about a dentist, but his attention to detail, meticulous examination and in-office testing led to uncovering a severely deviated septum that needed prompt surgical intervention. I’m forever grateful for him and his entire staff.

    Dr. Billings noticed that I checked yes to a few items on his questionnaire. When he began asking about my fatigue, sluggish feeling, etc. I blamed it on the kids and being a parent of two young boys. After his dental exam, he insisted that there could be more to my symptoms. After a chat, we decided to do an in-office Facial CT scan. It’s been 4 years since I had one, so I agreed. Everything was promptly scheduled, and their text reminders kept me on schedule.

    I did the CT scan, and Dr. Billings pointed out my severely deviated septum and recommended I get a prompt ENT evaluation. I brought a printout of the CT to my next appointment, and I ended up having sinus surgery 3 weeks later.

    Immediately after surgery, I knew something was different. After healing, I was sleeping better, breathing better and, sure enough, less sluggish and not reaching for my 3pm coffee. All from going to the dentist.

    My teeth look great, too!

    Dr. Billings has opened my eyes to understand that dentists are part of the entire medical team, and when using their training to the fullest, they can change lives.