Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Tethered Oral Tissues

Originally Recorded Monday August 22, 2022

Video Modified and additional content added. Review Date (expiration date) March 1, 2026

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Course Catalog

Brittney Sciarra, RDH, BS, COM®, QOM*

Brittny Sciarra is the owner of CT Orofacial Myology. She is a Certified Orofacial Myologist and Buteyko Breathing Educator. Brittny received her degree from the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene at MCPHS in 2011 and post graduate training in Myofunctional Therapy through the AOMT and IAOM in 2016 and 2017. Brittny is an educator and mentor for Dental Sleep Toolbox and Airway Health Solutions, training other registered dental hygienists who share the same passion in becoming myofunctional therapists. Brittny is also the face behind the podcast, “I Spy with My Myo Eye”.

As an orofacial myologist and healthcare professional, Brittny is always looking for ways to improve her patients’ quality of life. She believes myofunctional therapy is a huge aid in attaining those goals. Brittny advocates for her patients every step of the way and will make sure her patients are heard. Brittny is always looking to expand her knowledge and skills by taking courses and keeping up to date on current literature and best industry practices. She works collaboratively with and is well respected by dentists, orthodontists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMFS), otolaryngologists (ENTs), speech language pathologists, and other local health care professionals.

Course Description

Orofacial myofunctional therapy has been in the literature for over a century! Orofacial myofunctional disorders can impact function over a patient’s lifetime. Structure and function go hand in hand. Gain a full understanding of who and when to refer. Learn how to approach patients who present with OMDs through a collaborative approach.

Tethered oral tissues (TOTs) is a hot topic. With the increase in research and specialized providers treating TOTs, awareness has grown on the topic of TOTs, thus more diagnoses being made over the years. Research has shown a link between sleep disordered breathing (especially sleep apnea) and a short lingual frenum.  There are three form of TOTs: lingual, labial, and buccal. A functional assessment is critical in properly diagnosing a tethered oral tissue. Participants will understand how TOTs can impact speech, feeding/eating, breathing, sleep, and craniofacial development. 

Course Objectives:

1.A brief history of orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT)

2.Recognize OMDs and how they impact function over a lifetime

3.Define tethered oral tissues (TOTs) and discuss functional impacts of TOTs

4.Determine the importance of pre and post surgical OMT

5.Identify tethered oral tissues from a myofunctional therapist’s perspective, and learn how/when/who to refer

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* has no relevant financial relationships to disclose

Members of the CE planning committee have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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