Oral health is also airway health and using principles of the process of care, this program is designed with the objectives of identifying Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and their treatment.
Designed for dental hygienists, this program will give you the confidence to incorporate Myofunctional Therapy at an entry level in clinical practice.
This 30-hour comprehensive online and hands-on program is intended for providers to practice myofunctional therapy safely and effectively with an understanding that knowledge and research is ever evolving in the field of Myofunctional Therapy, and as such provides the students with the desire to continue lifelong learning in the field.
The program consists of 7 weeks of online training one evening per week followed by two days of in-person training at our rdhu facility in Burlington, ON.
The Dental Hygiene Process of Care is incorporated into our program and is designed for dental hygienists.
We hope you will join us on this journey!
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There are 4 components to this program:
Prior to opening his own independent dental hygiene practice in 2019, Joe worked in a Temporomandibular Disorders(TMD)/Sleep focused practice since 2010. He became heavily involved in performing diagnostic evaluation and assessment starting in 2013 for both TMD and Sleep Breathing disorders and thus began his learning in airway focused dentistry.
Since becoming educated in Myofunctional Therapy in 2015 Joe has treated over 200 people with individualized therapy interventions and assisted chairside in more than 100 frenectomies in collaboration with a variety of dental practices.
The program at rdhu was developed by a dental hygienist for a dental hygienist. Many of the programs available as an introduction to OMT are broader based and some even allow non-regulated health professionals to take the program to practice.
The practical program that Joe has created for rdhu is 36 hours in duration. It starts with a 6-hour pre-requisite program as an introduction to Myofunctional Therapy and the 30-hour Practical Program involves 15 hours of theory-based learning (live online) combined with 15 hours of practical, hands-on training at rdhu in Burlington, ON.
We receive lots of questions regarding the Training Program for the Myofunctional Therapy: A Practical Program, and would like to unpack these so not to leave you wondering!
For the Full Training Program...
Typically, in the past, dental hygienists would take their training in the States. After years of requests for rdhu to offer the training program, we approached Joe Siegfried, who is a RDH and a Myofunctional Therapist, to work with us on this!
Joe has created a fabulous training program! This is a program designed FOR dental hygienists as many of the other programs offered to other healthcare professionals outside of dentistry. The Dental Hygiene Process of Care for Myofunctional Therapy is included in the program.
Here is some information that we hope will be helpful!
We have created a hybrid program. Since this is a 30-hour course, the theory portion is online and the hands-on portion is a 2-day event with us at rdhu!
For the online portion, you can participate from the comfort of your own home. It is important that you attend the live sessions as it is a small group setting and videos are on. If you need to miss a night, we can send you the recording but it is important that the majority of these sessions you are live with us.
There is an online pre-requisite course that you need to take prior to the Full Training Program. It is a 6-hour online course: Mysteries of Myofunctional Therapy. Once you register, we will send you the pre-requisite course at no additional charge. (If you have taken this course in the past please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before registering to receive a $149 discount on the full program).
There is a mentoring group following the session that is available to all participants who have completed the training program. It is always recommended that you continue with your learning and is expected from our regulatory college to do so. When you complete this training, you will be ready to implement this additional service/treatment to your clients.
This program is in the Ontario Scope of Practice, and has been accepted by the College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba and the College of Dental Hygienists of Saskatchewan. **Please check with your regulatory body if this course is in your scope of practice and if this course is accepted.
If you are an independent RDH, you can implement this into your practice. If you are working within a dental practice, Joe shares strategies on successful implementation as he worked as a Myofunctional Therapist in a GP practice prior to opening his own dental hygiene clinic.
If you need a Payment Plan, we will work with you on this; however, we need the payment to be complete prior to the 2-day hands-on weekend.
Joe is very thorough and knowledgeable. He presented in a very logical manner. Very engaging and great at answering questions.
Presenter did a great job, he was very informative; the experience was great. Facility was clean and well kept.
Excellent course! Really enjoyed the in-person aspect. rdhu was welcoming and hospitable! Joe did a great job – very knowledgeable and approachable.