Sophia Tsang, BSc, RDH, COM

Founder/Owner & Certified Orofacial Myologist

Sophia holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) from the University of Alberta. After obtaining her degree, she pursued a career as a registered dental hygienist (RDH). She has been a member in good standing with Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) and the College of Registered Dental Hygienists (CRDHA) since 2010.

Sophia then specialised with Joy Moeller at the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and pursued further training at the Coulson Institute in Denver, Colorado, where she accepted an internship with Ms Sandra Coulson at her Institution and Clinic in Colorado. Sophia took on the initiative and completed her full IAOM certification; She is amongst one of the first few in her province to be a Certified Orofacial Myologist.

Sophia loves growing and sharing her knowledge through continuing education in both orofacial myology and dentistry and finds it fascinating to be able to combine both fields of work into her practice. She is an active member in good standing with the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM).

Shavaun Reaney

RDH, Provider of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Is Orofacial Myology limited to adults?

A: No. Sophia has experience working with children and adults of all ages. Her warm and friendly nature makes myology pleasant for everyone.

 

Q: What treatments are available? And is it painful?

A: Individualised care is provided to each patient. Because of the nature of myology and specialisation in the mouth, tongue, lips, and facial musculature, we often work with all ages including infants and children! Treatment is designed to be fun, non-painful and relatively easy to follow and do. Patients may feel a bit of discomfort at first when doing the exercises as they are working and training muscles that have otherwise not been properly trained in the past, but like any muscle in our body, with proper exercising and training of the muscle groups, they strengthen and become more comfortable with the exercises.

 

Q. Can babies, and small children benefit from orofacial myology?

A: Yes. Tongue-tied babies may require a frenectomy where the connecting tissue under the tongue needs to be released to free the tongue. We can provide muscle training and stretching assistance both before and after the surgery. Dentists refer children to a myologist for problems with tongue placement which can cause sleep apnea or misaligned teeth. Many conditions are treated with orofacial myology. Click here for a list of common conditions that we treat.

 

Q: Does Sophia use dental appliances to help?

A: Procedures are done without appliances. But depending on the case, some individuals may require a dental appliance before or aftercare to assist with any further dental problems that may persist. The progress of myology and results are discussed as well as their referrals and any future referring practitioners that may be required to pursue optimal overall health for the individual throughout and the following care.

Sophia is trained and involved in educating candidates about Myobrace, Myofunctional Orthodontics. Myobraces are sized, prefabricated dental appliances that assist myofunctional habit correction, TMJ, sleep disorders and tooth positioning. We work with dentists who may also be providers of Myobrace for anyone who may benefit from this treatment option.