Pediatric Sleep

Nurturing Healthy Breathing and Wellness

In today’s world, families are placing increased focus on their children’s breathing as a fundamental element of overall well-being and resilience during challenging times. Among healthcare professionals, dentists like Release & Breathe Dentistry hold a paramount role in identifying concerns and guiding families toward a path of wellness like no other.

Sleep Dentistry Plymouth MN

The Early Years: A Crucial Time for Breathing

The early months and years are a critical window to uncover breathing issues in children. Proper breathing during this phase paves the way for optimal airway health and unlocks their full potential in life. Breathing difficulties impact sleep quality and facial development, influencing whether their faces grow healthily or develop a narrow and unhealthy appearance.

Expert Guidance with Mindfulness of Whole Body Wellness

Dr. Geisler takes a series of screening, diagnostic, and treatment measures to ensure that her young patients receive every advantage. In her role as a health coach for children, she provides therapy to enhance their airway function. Her passion lies in giving children the best possible foundation for lifelong health.

After conducting a thorough history and examination, Dr. Geisler collaborates closely with families to explore innovative therapy options tailored for kids. Our strategies often encompass a multi-disciplinary approach, focusing on preventive care that addresses overall child health from a whole perspective, with special emphasis on breathing, sleep, and facial growth. From newborns to adolescents, we meticulously assess growth and development, setting the stage for a bright and healthy future.

Detailed Assessments and Diagnostic Tools

To ensure precise evaluations, we employ specific assessments and diagnostic tools, including:

  • Photography
  • Measurements
  • 3D X-rays of the head
  • Evaluation of breathing and swallowing patterns
  • Facial health assessment
  • Insights from dental conditions
  • Evaluation of jaw growth and facial development.

Collaboration for Comprehensive Care

Our practice thrives on collaboration with a diverse range of healthcare professionals, such as Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, Craniosacral Therapists, Orofacial Myofunctional Therapists, ENT specialists, Allergists, Sleep Physicians, Respiratory Therapists, and Orthodontists. This approach ensures that your child receives comprehensive care that considers their entire well-being.

Empowering Healthy Breathing, One Child at a Time

Dr. Geisler and our dedicated team are here to empower your child with the gift of healthy breathing, setting them on a trajectory of lifelong wellness. Through early intervention and comprehensive care, we ensure that your child’s breathing contributes to their overall growth, development, and happiness. Contact us today to embark on this transformative journey together.

In today’s world, families are placing increased focus on their children’s breathing as a fundamental element of overall well-being and resilience during challenging times. Among healthcare professionals, dentists like Release & Breathe Dentistry hold a paramount role in identifying concerns and guiding families toward a path of wellness like no other.

Sleep Dentistry Plymouth MN

The Early Years: A Crucial Time for Breathing

The early months and years are a critical window to uncover breathing issues in children. Proper breathing during this phase paves the way for optimal airway health and unlocks their full potential in life. Breathing difficulties impact sleep quality and facial development, influencing whether their faces grow healthily or develop a narrow and unhealthy appearance.

Expert Guidance with Mindfulness of Whole Body Wellness

Dr. Geisler takes a series of screening, diagnostic, and treatment measures to ensure that her young patients receive every advantage. In her role as a health coach for children, she provides therapy to enhance their airway function. Her passion lies in giving children the best possible foundation for lifelong health.

After conducting a thorough history and examination, Dr. Geisler collaborates closely with families to explore innovative therapy options tailored for kids. Our strategies often encompass a multi-disciplinary approach, focusing on preventive care that addresses overall child health from a whole perspective, with special emphasis on breathing, sleep, and facial growth. From newborns to adolescents, we meticulously assess growth and development, setting the stage for a bright and healthy future.

Detailed Assessments and Diagnostic Tools

To ensure precise evaluations, we employ specific assessments and diagnostic tools, including:

  • Photography
  • Measurements
  • 3D X-rays of the head
  • Evaluation of breathing and swallowing patterns
  • Facial health assessment
  • Insights from dental conditions
  • Evaluation of jaw growth and facial development.

Collaboration for Comprehensive Care

Our practice thrives on collaboration with a diverse range of healthcare professionals, such as Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, Craniosacral Therapists, Orofacial Myofunctional Therapists, ENT specialists, Allergists, Sleep Physicians, Respiratory Therapists, and Orthodontists. This approach ensures that your child receives comprehensive care that considers their entire well-being.

Empowering Healthy Breathing, One Child at a Time

Dr. Geisler and our dedicated team are here to empower your child with the gift of healthy breathing, setting them on a trajectory of lifelong wellness. Through early intervention and comprehensive care, we ensure that your child’s breathing contributes to their overall growth, development, and happiness. Contact us today to embark on this transformative journey together.

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.

Sleep Dentistry 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

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

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