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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapeutic Exercises 

What is OMT? What are the benefits? How can it help you? 

What does OMT stand for? 

OMT stands for Orofacial Myofunctional Therapeutic Exercises. OMT is a practice that "works with the muscles of the lips, tongue, cheeks and face" as well as their related functions such as "breathing, chewing, swallowing, and some aspects of speech." It is a series of exercises that can help with TMD, TMJ, OMDs, etc.

Want to learn more

Read through the FAQs below and contact me with any additional questions. Whenever you are ready, click "book now" to schedule an appointment with me. I'd love to discuss your treatment options with you.

Goals of OMT: 

  • Nasal breathing 100% of the time

  • Improve tongue posture and positioning

  • Correct swallowing pattern

  • Ensure effective lip seal

Benefits of OMT: 

  • May rebalance the muscles of the mouth, face, and neck

  • May improve facial aesthetics

  • Helps reduce mouth breathing and can reduce snoring

  • Helps patients get a more restful night's sleep

  • Aids in the treatment & evaluation of tongue-tie in babies

  • Can aid in the recovery of patients with facial trauma

  • Can help to restore the functions of breathing, chewing, and swallowing

Signs you may need OMT: 

  • Low quality sleep, restlessness, waking up tired

  • Poor development of the mid and lower face

  • Difficulty focusing, ADD/ ADHD symptoms

  • Snoring or open mouth while sleeping

  • TMJ pain, clicking or popping jaw

  • Enlarged tonsils or adenoids

  • Obstructive sleep apnea

  • Difficulty swallowing 

  • Speech problems

  • Tongue protrudes 

  • Allergies or asthma

  • Can a Dental Hygienist work Independently?
    YES, Colorado State Practice Act allows a registered dental hygienist to own and operate in a setting outside “the traditional “ dental office.
  • What services can you provide ?
    Oral health education Dental Hygiene therapy *Preventive *Periodontal Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Use of laser Therapy Aphthous ulcer & Herpetic lesions Desensitization of teeth Ultrasonics Fluoride treatments X-rays Intraoral photos Sealants Teeth whitening
  • What about Insurance?
    I am a fee for service provider. This allows me to keep costs down while offering you optimal care without third party involvement. However, should you choose to independently submit a claim to your insurance provider, I am able to offer you instructions or the necessary forms needed to submit the claim. For more information on that process, you can visit https://www.adha.org/ or view the PDF below. It is important to note that: - There are no standard regulations as to how insurance companies determine levels of reimbursement. - Insurance companies are not obligated to disclose how they determine these rates. - Level of reimbursement, if any, will be determined by your insurance provider and plan. Annual minimums and maximums, treatment exclusions, pre-existing conditions, providers, and deductibles can all contribute to their reimbursement decision. You do not need to let dental insurance be your guide. Insurance companies rarely have the patient’s well being in mind. Being third party financial institutions, insurance companies are involved to make money off of both the patients and the providers. I am a dental professional that cares about each of my patients. I schedule the amount of time necessary to fully care for each of my patients. I see only one patient at a time to ensure optimal care and treatment for each individual.
  • How do I submit an insurance claim?
    It depends on what kind of insurance you have. Since every insurance is different, every group is different, every group plan form can be different. Here are some common dental insurance companies. Copy and paste the link into your navigation bar and look for “how to file a claim.” You can also call your provider to get more information. Delta Dental: https://www.deltadental.com/ "Download the claim form for your Delta Dental plan. You can log in to your account to find claim forms. Complete the information on the form. Provide your detailed receipt from Candice that includes her name, clinic address and phone number." Cigna: https://www.cigna.com/assets/docs/Cigna%20notices-of-privacy-practices/dental-forms/forms_dental_claim.pdf BC/BS: https://www.fepbluedental.com/content/files/pdf/claimform.pdf Aetna: https://www.aetnadental.com/professionals/claim-submission-guidelines.html
  • Is submitting an insurance claim easy?
    Yes! Here is a testimony from one of my patients: "I had dental hygiene treatment with Candice on a Tuesday. I mailed off my claim form and receipt next day. Received my portion of percentage of payment in approximately 5 weeks. I consider the length of time might have been because me filing my own claim was new to the insurance company. I will update my time when I do this again. It was easy and did not take much of my time to accomplish. I am grateful I can still see Candice and get great care." Regardless of insurance, it is always important to get your regular dental hygiene care and take care of your holistic health.
  • Why use Lasers and Ultrasonics?
    Lasers: -Lasers help eliminate the bacteria that may be introduced into the blood stream. -Lasers help prevent cross contamination of infection. -Lasers increase blood circulation. -Laser helps with aphthous ulcers & herpetic lesions. Ultrasonics: -Improved outcome with this treatment. -Ultrasonics are technique sensitive, practitioner has better tactile sensitivity. -Reduces tissue trauma, less tooth structure removed. -Whole mouth disinfection. -Flushes toxins away from surrounding area of the tissue/tooth. -Promotes healing. -Future Positive appointments. -Decreases bleeding. -Decrease in periodontal pockets -faster healing. This is the type of laser I use. It is made and licensed by Epic Hygiene.
  • What about an exam?
    An exam is done at every hygiene visit. If some area of concern is evaluated, explanation and X-ray or photo will be taken. Then, a referral to your dentist or a recommendation will be made. All information will be forwarded to dentist of choice. ** it is recommended by the AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION that a thorough exam be preformed by a Dentist at least once a year. **
  • What forms of payment do you take?
    I take cash, checks, and credit cards.
  • How can I get in touch?
    You can request an appointment by going to my "book now page". You can also scroll down to the very bottom of any page on the website and fill out the "contact me" form to send me an email. Futher questions? You can call my office at 719-510-6918. I look forward to working with you!
  • What is periodontal disease?
    Periodontal disease is the destruction of surrounding tissues of the tooth. It is NOT reversible, can be stabilized is episodic in nature. It effects 85-90% of the population. Periodontal Disease starts with Gingivitis-red bleeding gum tissue, inflammation of the surrounding tissue of the tooth. Reversible if caught in early stage and change of care occurs. Perio/Gum disease contributes/causatives: -Inflamitory Issues -Heart disease -Diabetes -Cancers -Dementia -Joint musculoskeletal health -Metabolic Health -Pregnancy health
  • Why use an Owl for your logo?
    Owls are creatures of deep wisdom, intuition, and knowledge. The owl logo is intended to tie into my motto: "inspiring essential wellness through dental hygiene". There is always room to learn more about your dental health and how it effects your overall well-being.

Want to learn more about what OMT care I offer? Book an appointment with me!

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