What is Myofunctional Therapy
Myofuntional Therapy is an exercise treatment modality just like physical therapy, but only for symptoms and conditions related to the face, mouth, and jaws. Patients may be in need of Myofunctional Therapy if: the tongue is resting low in your mouth, tongue thrusts forward when you swallow, or if they breathe solely through your mouth. People who suffer from improper tongue posture may also suffer from the following symptoms: Anxiety, sleepless nights, sleep apnea, acid reflux, neck tension, bruxism, to list a few. These are strong indicators that they would benefit from Myofunctional Therapy.
Myofunctional Therapy helps you achieve four goals: Nasal breathing, correct swallow pattern, proper lip seal, and correct tongue posture.
About Our Myofunctional Team:
Our dedicated dentist, Dr. Eric Schuh, D.D.S graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2001 with a degree in dentistry. Since graduating Dr. Schuh has made sure patients are his first priority by providing professional, quality care and doing it with the best technology and facility possible, while also completing a variety of other certifications and trainings. Training and Certifications include: Certification for Conscious Sedation through DOCS Education. He also has a Fellowship from the Dawson Academy, this required two and a half years of training with a comprehensive approach to a complex dentistry. And he has received certification and completed specialized training for infant releases under Dr. Richard Baxter, D.D.S, author of “Tongue Tied.” Dr. Schuh also completed Erbium Laser training in 2010 under Dr. Mark Colonna in Montana, he strives to provide quality care for all patients who suffer from all the symptoms of someone with improper tongue posture.
Our driven Myofunctional therapist is Sherrie Pruitt. Sherrie graduated in 1993 with a degree in dental hygiene. In 2008 she began studying Myofunctional therapy and has completed several certifications in order to help people of all ages. She has completed the following certifications: “Mentorship in Myofunctional Therapy from Basics to Habituation” course under Sarah K. Hornsby, R.D.H, “Mentorship in Myofunctional Therapy Specializing in Infants and Toddlers” under Brook Pettus R.D.H, C.O.M.S, “Tethered Oral Tissue Specialty Training,” recognized as a “TOTS” professional, registered “Airway Advocate”, professional for the state of Tennessee, and she is a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist. Sherrie is dedicated in working hard to provide the best, knowledgeable, and professional care for anyone at any age.
Dr. Schuh and Sherrie, plan to help change the lives of individuals and families across Tennessee. Together they will help break the silence of tongue posture, and be able to educate and help individuals discover a new way of life.