Continuing Dental Education

An Introduction to Myofunctional Therapy, Dentistry and Airway Health

Sarah Hornsby, RDH, BS

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This course is offered in partnership with the Washington Dental Hygienists' Association. Please register through WDHA.

This course is offered in partnership with the Washington Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Course Description

This is a one-day course designed to give dental professionals an overview of the field of
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and its connection to dentistry and airway health.

Course Topics

Topics covered will include:

  • Symptom identification of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs)
  • The importance of the multidisciplinary team in treating OMDs
  • An in-depth look at the health consequences of mouth breathing and poor oral posture
  • How OMDs affect craniofacial and dental development in children
  • The role of Ankyloglossia in dentistry and overall health
  • How OMDs and sleep disordered breathing intersect
  • The influence of OMDs on temporomandibular joint health and function
  • Orthodontic and periodontal health and stability and OMDs

By the end of this course, participants will have a broader understanding of the connection
between Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and dentistry.

They will also understand the role of the hygienist in myofunctional assessment and referral,
along with the importance of airway health and functional breathing for children and adults.
Myofunctional therapy can be an effective adjunct to dentistry in two ways. First, to guide
craniofacial growth and development in children in order to prevent bigger dental and health
problems as adults. Second, as part of the process for treating sleep disordered breathing,
malocclusion, and TMD in adults in order to address the root cause of their conditions.


Sarah Hornsby headshotSarah Hornsby graduated with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from Eastern Washington University in 2008. After practicing as a hygienist for only one year, she began to explore complementary modalities to help her patients achieve optimum oral health. She discovered the then little-known field of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and pursued training with the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT) in early 2010.

She studied under leaders in the field such as Barbara Green and Joy Moeller, and in 2011, she enrolled in Sandra Holtzman’s training program through the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM).

Sarah opened her practice, Faceology in Seattle and began seeing patients in 2010. In 2014, she transformed her practice into the world’s first fully-online telehealth myofunctional therapy practice. She has been working with patients from across the country and around the world since then.

In 2015, Sarah opened MyoMentor, a new branch of her business designed to support hygienists and dentists who want to learn more about myofunctional therapy and understand the symptoms on a broader level to help their patients. Over 150 hygienists and dentists have gone through her mentoring program.

Although Sarah has become a speaker, teacher, and leader in the field, it’s her journey through recognizing and treating her own oral myofunctional symptoms that makes her so passionate about the field and spreading the message about this critical component of the dental health and overall wellness equation.


  • Ms. Hornsby has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education and Washington Dental Hygienists’ Association have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Logistics

Friday, October 4, 2019

The Mountaineers Club
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

This course is designed for dentists, hygienists and dental assistants.

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Until September 30, 2019 (after, $25 more)
$150/non-ADHA member hygienists or staff
$125/ADHA members

7 hours


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The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the University of Washington and Washington Dental Hygienists’ Association.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.