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Meet Deanna Wilkinson

For over 27 years, I have dedicated myself to helping patients with their overall dental health as a Registered Dental Hygienist.  24 of those years, I had worked for the same family dental practice treating patients as young children and watched as they grew into adults and had children of their own.  

Over those years, I witnessed many of my patients with orthodontic relapse, TMJ pain, allergies causing breathing issues and snoring/sleep apnea issues.  To which I started to question WHY?  Then it became personal.   I noticed my own husband starting to breath differently, with a bit more difficulty, which caused me to dive deeper into how to help him before he needed to be on a CPAP.  This started the process of learning Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy.

 My approach includes utilizing several different dental/medical specialists and other professionals to help individuals out.  I also have training in Buteyko Breathing, which I incorporate into the patient program if needed. 

 

This is not a one size fits all program as every patient presents their own unique challenges and complaints.  Each individual will be evaluated and screened to provide the necessary course of treatment, together working toward the most optimum outcome.

 
 

What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?

Orofacial Myofunctional therapy is a exercise based program that targets the face, neck and mouth.  This type of therapy can improve the bite, breathing and facial posture of those who suffer from orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs).

Nasal Breathing
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Nasal Breathing is responsible for proper craniofacial development and enhances oxygen absorption into our lungs.

It is also necessary for the body to access all levels of sleep, especially the "rest and restore" level.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Snoring

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common sleep-related breathing disorder.  Sleep apnea can cause serious health issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.  Snoring can be a red flag that the upper airway is collapsing during sleep, thus causing the snoring sound.

Tongue Restrictions

Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is a condition present at birth that restricts the tongue's range of motion. This restriction, if left undiagnosed, can be problematic for teeth alignment, cranial facial growth, speech and breathing.

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Malocclusion/Orthodontic Relapse/Stabilty

Abnormal teeth alignment, incorrect bite and narrow dental arches require orthodontic intervention. At times this is caused by a oral habit learned as a child.  This can include mouth breathing and tongue thrust. If the root cause is not corrected early on, this will continue into adulthood often causing orthodontic relapse.  

TMJ Dysfunction and Teeth Grinding

Clenching and grinding are attributed to airway resistance in some individuals.  When the airway is too narrow or compromised, the body's response is to keep the person awake by moving the jaws around which can include grinding the teeth.

Oral Disease Prevention

Tongue restriction, misaligned teeth and mouth breathing can cause issues with dental decay and periodontal disease.  When the tongue is restricted, it is often not able to reach the entire oral cavity, while crooked teeth makes it harder to properly clean between them.  Mouth breathing causes a higher incidence of dental decay and bad breath.

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614-401-6082

 Plain City, OH 43064