Airway & Sleep Solutions

Our Sleep Solutions

Snoring? Mouth Breathing? Sleep Apnea? Bed Wetting?  ADHD Symptoms? Difficulty Focusing at School? Food Aversions? Non Restorative Sleep? Fatigue? Drowsy Driving? Fibromyalgia? Anxiety? Depression?…..

These are often related to a compromised airway which spills over into all areas of health and “thrive-ability”.  We seek to understand the unique factors affecting your airway and offer a variety of Management, Corrective and Supportive options.

Diagnostics

1. Sleep Image

Screening for sleep disturbed breathing disorders can be as easy as wearing a ring in the comfort of your own bed.  This small FDA approved device provides incredibly valuable and insightful information regarding your airway and how it functions during sleep.

2. 3-Dimensional Imaging

Diagnostic speculation is dramatically reduced with 3D imaging.   This imaging is foundational for airway and orthodontic assessment.  It is also invaluable for root canal diagnostics, surgical and implant treatment planning as well as many other applications.

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Pediatrics

1. Infant Care: Assessment for Tongue Tie and Lip Tie

Tongue and Lip ties are manifested immediately after birth with mouth breathing and difficulty nursing.

Tongue and Lip ties  result in a poor latch, inability to stimulate milk production, painful nursing, clicking /swallowing air, colic,  prolonged and frequent nursing and numerous other problems.  If unaddressed, these tethered oral tissues may adversely affect growth  and development of the jaws and airway contributing to diverse negative impacts on health, behavior and mental, emotional thriving.  The release also dramatically improves comfort for mom and facilitates a more pleasurable and sustainable nursing experience. Release of tongue tie and/or lip tie is followed by 6 weeks of intraoral stretches to guide healing and optimize results.

2. Growth guides

 By age 4, approximately 60 – 70 % of jaw development has already occurred.  Growth guides can intercept airway and numerous orthodontic problems at a very young age and reset the trajectory of dental arch / airway growth and development .  In many cases these devices alone will help with elimination of nocturnal bedwetting.

3. Cemented Arch Expansion Appliances

These devices help create space for crowded dental arches reducing the future need for orthodontic extraction.  They also facilitate development of healthy upper airway and tongue posture.

Myofunctional Therapy

5. (Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy OMFT)

OMFT helps to restore functional balance of muscles in and around the mouth thereby helping to restore proper eating, speaking, breathing and sleeping.   In young children, OMFT alone can facilitate resolution of numerous orthodontic problems; however therapy can also have dramatic benefits in teens and adults.  Sleep Apnea Scores may be reduced significantly with myofunctional Therapy alone.

Functional Frenuloplasty

6. Tongue Tie Release

“Enjoy your ice cream cone… and a quieter sleep” - TT

A Functional Tongue tie release in Children and adults is a different approach than with infants.  This small surgical procedure is integrated with myofunctional therapy preoperatively to develop proper tongue strength, posture and function.  The goal is to release the tongue for improved and relaxed physiological position and function.  The procedure is helpful for airway enhancement, snoring reduction, speech and eating and swallowing among numerous other benefits.  Dr Toohey completed training through the Breathe Institute and was taught by ENT specialist Dr Soroush Zaghi.  See link to Breathe Institute Website for further information.

Teens and Adults

1. Airway Centered Removable Orthodontic Appliances

Rather than just managing sleep breathing problems with CPAP and snoring devices, these removable orthodontic appliances are worn 12 – 16 hours/ day and can enhance / develop the airway. This non-surgical approach reduces and may potentially eliminate dependence on traditional management strategies. The appliances offer sleep apnea management designs while simultaneously expanding the dental arches and developing the upper airway.

2. Snoring / Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dental Appliances

Oftentimes a successful management alternative to CPAP for treatment of snoring and OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea), these appliances stabilize the lower jaw and reduce  collapse of the upper airway.

3. Solea Sleep Rapid Snoring Relief

“A face lift for the soft palate”

A unique application of Solea’s specific wavelength allows the laser to gently and quickly tighten collagen fibers of the soft palate tissue.  The tightened soft palate tissue opens the airway and reduces vibrations that cause patients to snore and disrupt sleep.

Collaboration with Specialists

BDG is thrilled to collaborate with and refer directly to numerous specialists in providing team solutions for Sleep breathing disorders. These include: Sleep Medicine Specialty, (Pediatric and Adult), ENT, Maxillofacial Surgery Orthodontists, Sleep Lab  and CPAP providers.

If you have questions about this or other services offered by our general dentist, contact our clinic today.

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