Adult Sleep

Empowering Restful Nights and Revitalized Days

Are restless nights and uneasy sleep a constant companion? At Release and Breathe Dentistry, we believe that adults who struggle with sleep and breathing challenges don’t have to accept them as unalterable. The realization has dawned that compromised breathing doesn’t just impact your wellness during waking hours, but it has an even more detrimental effect during sleep. But take heart – solutions exist to transform your sleep quality and overall well-being.

Unlocking the Secrets of Sound Sleep

Poor breathing patterns during sleep not only affect your sleep quality but have a profound impact on your daily vitality. It’s estimated that a staggering 85% of individuals with sleep apnea are unaware of their condition. And that’s not the entire story – breathing problems like Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) and snoring contribute to a spectrum of sleep-disordered breathing issues that can lead to chronic fatigue and a host of other health conditions.

Airway Dentist Plymouth MN

A Whole Person Integrative Approach to Revitalize Sleep

At Release and Breathe Dentistry, we’re committed to helping you find the root causes of your sleep and breathing troubles and guiding you toward effective solutions. Snoring, often dismissed as a minor annoyance, can have significant implications for your health. Our comprehensive approach seeks to uncover problems and chart a course to lasting improvement. We collaborate with a network of healthcare professionals to ensure that your journey to improved health and quality sleep is thorough.

Airway Dentist Plymouth MN

Personalized Care Starts with Understanding

We begin by getting to know you thoroughly – your history, your concerns, your unique needs. Self-assessment tools provide a subjective baseline, and gathering data becomes a crucial part of the process. Dr. Geisler offers advanced sleep screening or home sleep tests that are then evaluated by sleep physicians. Our treatment options span a spectrum – from orthodontics to oral appliances, referrals to orofacial myofunctional therapists, and consultations with ENT physicians and other specialists. As a dedicated airway-focused dentist, Release and Breathe is primed to play a pivotal role in enhancing your sleep and breathing health.

A Path to Renewed Vitality

At Release and Breathe Dentistry, we’re committed to helping you reclaim restful nights and revitalized days. With our multidisciplinary approach and a dedicated focus on your individual needs, we’re here to guide you toward a brighter, healthier future. Don’t let poor sleep and compromised breathing hold you back – contact us today to embark on your journey toward improved sleep quality and overall well-being.

Are restless nights and uneasy sleep a constant companion? At Release and Breathe Dentistry, we believe that adults who struggle with sleep and breathing challenges don’t have to accept them as unalterable. The realization has dawned that compromised breathing doesn’t just impact your wellness during waking hours, but it has an even more detrimental effect during sleep. But take heart – solutions exist to transform your sleep quality and overall well-being.

Unlocking the Secrets of Sound Sleep

Poor breathing patterns during sleep not only affect your sleep quality but have a profound impact on your daily vitality. It’s estimated that a staggering 85% of individuals with sleep apnea are unaware of their condition. And that’s not the entire story – breathing problems like Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) and snoring contribute to a spectrum of sleep-disordered breathing issues that can lead to chronic fatigue and a host of other health conditions.

Airway Dentist Plymouth MN

A Whole Person Integrative Approach to Revitalize Sleep

At Release and Breathe Dentistry, we’re committed to helping you find the root causes of your sleep and breathing troubles and guiding you toward effective solutions. Snoring, often dismissed as a minor annoyance, can have significant implications for your health. Our comprehensive approach seeks to uncover problems and chart a course to lasting improvement. We collaborate with a network of healthcare professionals to ensure that your journey to improved health and quality sleep is thorough.

Airway Dentist Plymouth MN

Personalized Care Starts with Understanding

We begin by getting to know you thoroughly – your history, your concerns, your unique needs. Self-assessment tools provide a subjective baseline, and gathering data becomes a crucial part of the process. Dr. Geisler offers advanced sleep screening or home sleep tests that are then evaluated by sleep physicians. Our treatment options span a spectrum – from orthodontics to oral appliances, referrals to orofacial myofunctional therapists, and consultations with ENT physicians and other specialists. As a dedicated airway-focused dentist, Release and Breathe is primed to play a pivotal role in enhancing your sleep and breathing health.

A Path to Renewed Vitality

At Release and Breathe Dentistry, we’re committed to helping you reclaim restful nights and revitalized days. With our multidisciplinary approach and a dedicated focus on your individual needs, we’re here to guide you toward a brighter, healthier future. Don’t let poor sleep and compromised breathing hold you back – contact us today to embark on your journey toward improved sleep quality and overall well-being.

FAQs & Resources

What do Airway exams look like?

When people contact our practice seeking an evaluation for a tongue tie in individuals aged 4 through 99, we conduct what we term an “airway exam.” Dr. Geisler recognizes that proper tongue function is crucial for optimal airway development; thus, her evaluation considers the individual’s whole well-being.

 

Following our initial conversation to understand your concerns and history, we proceed to a comprehensive assessment. This includes taking photos of the face, upper and lower arches, tongue, back of the throat, and full-body posture. We also measure various aspects like mouth opening, tongue-to-palate reach, and suction ability. Moreover, we assess the length of the lower face, upper arch widths, and examine the tonsils, throat, dentition, and nasal passages. We frequently recommend sleep screening, which is easy to do at home. A good airway and good sleep go hand in hand.

 

Individuals with tongue ties often exhibit multiple compensatory mechanisms and may have a collapsible or narrow airway. To gauge the extent of fatigue and its impact on daily activities, we utilize the fatigue severity scale (FSS). Additionally, we may review previous imaging or request new films, such as a panorex, cephalometric film, or cone beam CT (CBCT). Dr. Geisler evaluates muscle tenderness in the head and neck area and checks jaw range of motion. Observing a person eat and drink helps us further assess their condition. Subsequently, our recommended steps vary based on each person’s unique circumstances and frequently involve referrals to other healthcare professionals. These may include an ENT, sleep specialist, chiropractor, orthodontist, physical therapist, and a certified orofacial myofunctional therapist who is also a speech-language pathologist (COM). Just as every individual is distinct, the subsequent actions Dr. Geisler advises are tailored to address specific needs.

What does sleep screening involve?

In our dental practice, we have many different types of sleep screening tools that are recommended and are worn at home. They are easy to use, really! If you have never seen a photo of a person wired up for a sleep study in a lab, just do a web search, and you appreciate the simplicity of our screening.

The sleep screening device that is approved for age 6 months of age and up is made by a company named Sleep Image and is a single lead EKG called a Cardiopulonary Coupler. (left image)

 

The another device is called a high resolution pulse oximeter (HRPO) and can be used for both children and adults. (right image) The reports from our devices are not a true or medically official sleep study. A software report is generated after a few nights of sleep and works as a tool to get a balanced objective measure of sleep quality and helps us decide who needs to see a sleep physician.

Because the screening devices are easy to use, while you sleep in your own bed, it is reasonable to follow-up in 6-12 months after any therapy, to objectively compare data to assure we are truly improving sleep quality.

Dr. Geisler uses the first mentioned device for very young children and for others who are very sensitive to their sleeping environment. More commonly since 2021, we use a WatchPat which includes a reading of the report from a sleep physician, who is able to diagnosis problems. This is approved for ages 12 and older. For 3 to 11 year olds, since 2022, we are working with a third party called True Sleep Diagnostics to get similar, physician interpreted reports and diagnoses.

 

Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) affects the health and quality of life of anyone it impacts, and nearly always the family they are a part of. SDB is a spectrum, and has numerous presentations. Some symptoms that are related to sleep disordered breathing are:

 

  • Fatigue
  • Snoring
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Gasping or choking
  • Grinding teeth
  • Pausing breathing (apnea)
  • Emotional instability
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Recurrent tonsillitis or history of tonsils and/or adenoid removal
  • Poor school or work performance
  • Tossing and turning
  • Feeling stressed out upon wakening
  • Not feeling rested after a good amount of hours of sleep
  • High resting pulse rate
  • Hypertension
  • Falling asleep on sitting
  • Falling asleep while driving
  • Poor memory
  • Dry mouth on waking
  • TMJ pain
  • Headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Forward head posture
  • Restless legs
  • Low thyroid hormone
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Depression and anxiety

FAQs & Resources

What do Airway exams look like?

When people contact our practice seeking an evaluation for a tongue tie in individuals aged 4 through 99, we conduct what we term an “airway exam.” Dr. Geisler recognizes that proper tongue function is crucial for optimal airway development; thus, her evaluation considers the individual’s whole well-being.

 

Following our initial conversation to understand your concerns and history, we proceed to a comprehensive assessment. This includes taking photos of the face, upper and lower arches, tongue, back of the throat, and full-body posture. We also measure various aspects like mouth opening, tongue-to-palate reach, and suction ability. Moreover, we assess the length of the lower face, upper arch widths, and examine the tonsils, throat, dentition, and nasal passages. We frequently recommend sleep screening, which is easy to do at home. A good airway and good sleep go hand in hand.

 

Individuals with tongue ties often exhibit multiple compensatory mechanisms and may have a collapsible or narrow airway. To gauge the extent of fatigue and its impact on daily activities, we utilize the fatigue severity scale (FSS). Additionally, we may review previous imaging or request new films, such as a panorex, cephalometric film, or cone beam CT (CBCT). Dr. Geisler evaluates muscle tenderness in the head and neck area and checks jaw range of motion. Observing a person eat and drink helps us further assess their condition. Subsequently, our recommended steps vary based on each person’s unique circumstances and frequently involve referrals to other healthcare professionals. These may include an ENT, sleep specialist, chiropractor, orthodontist, physical therapist, and a certified orofacial myofunctional therapist who is also a speech-language pathologist (COM). Just as every individual is distinct, the subsequent actions Dr. Geisler advises are tailored to address specific needs.

What does sleep screening involve?

In our dental practice, we have many different types of sleep screening tools that are recommended and are worn at home. They are easy to use, really! If you have never seen a photo of a person wired up for a sleep study in a lab, just do a web search, and you appreciate the simplicity of our screening.

Airway Dentist Plymouth MN

The sleep screening device that is approved for age 6 months of age and up is made by a company named Sleep Image and is a single lead EKG called a Cardiopulonary Coupler. (left image)

 

The another device is called a high resolution pulse oximeter (HRPO) and can be used for both children and adults. (right image) The reports from our devices are not a true or medically official sleep study. A software report is generated after a few nights of sleep and works as a tool to get a balanced objective measure of sleep quality and helps us decide who needs to see a sleep physician.

Because the screening devices are easy to use, while you sleep in your own bed, it is reasonable to follow-up in 6-12 months after any therapy, to objectively compare data to assure we are truly improving sleep quality.

Dr. Geisler uses the first mentioned device for very young children and for others who are very sensitive to their sleeping environment. More commonly since 2021, we use a WatchPat which includes a reading of the report from a sleep physician, who is able to diagnosis problems. This is approved for ages 12 and older. For 3 to 11 year olds, since 2022, we are working with a third party called True Sleep Diagnostics to get similar, physician interpreted reports and diagnoses.

 

Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) affects the health and quality of life of anyone it impacts, and nearly always the family they are a part of. SDB is a spectrum, and has numerous presentations. Some symptoms that are related to sleep disordered breathing are:

 

  • Fatigue
  • Snoring
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Gasping or choking
  • Grinding teeth
  • Pausing breathing (apnea)
  • Emotional instability
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Recurrent tonsillitis or history of tonsils and/or adenoid removal
  • Poor school or work performance
  • Tossing and turning
  • Feeling stressed out upon wakening
  • Not feeling rested after a good amount of hours of sleep
  • High resting pulse rate
  • Hypertension
  • Falling asleep on sitting
  • Falling asleep while driving
  • Poor memory
  • Dry mouth on waking
  • TMJ pain
  • Headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Forward head posture
  • Restless legs
  • Low thyroid hormone
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Depression and anxiety

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