Everyone Is Different
Sleep exercise therapy is an amazingly powerful treatment system because it’s so effective at changing habits along with strengthening and repatterning our oral muscles. Once we do that, the way we swallow, speak, breathe and chew will improve, and so will the way we sleep.
Life-changing results are entirely possible – I see them all the time in my patients. But something I always point out is that every patient is different. I don’t say this to minimize how much you might benefit from a treatment program but rather to emphasize that not every patient needs a full year of therapy.
Some practitioners will tell you that one year is always the optimum timeframe to treat sleep related problems, but I don’t believe this to be true.
Just like a physical therapist, I teach my patients exercises to help them with their condition and symptoms. And just like physical therapy, some patients need more exercises over a longer period of time, while others do just fine with shorter and less intensive programs.
It all depends on the individual patient’s presentation and symptoms. For example, a young girl who snores needs a dramatically different treatment plan than a 55-year-old male with a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea that’s harming his health and affecting his quality of life.
This is why I offer a variety of treatment plans for sleep-related health issues. They vary in price and duration, but they’re all tailored specifically to your unique needs.
More Than Exercises
I definitely don’t only focus on the exercises – my programs also cover the following:
1. Sleep hygiene, which includes:
- Room preparation – temperature, humidity, light levels, bedding choice, and noise
- Screen and device habits – TV, phone and tablet use
- Night routines – bed time, adequate hours of sleep, establishing ongoing routines
- Allergy control
- Optimizing CPAP and dental sleep appliance use – to increase compliance, comfort and effectiveness
2. Relaxation techniques – breathing, meditation, and exercise
3. Nutrition for better sleep
I Work With Your Doctor and Dentist
I always suggest that my patients talk to their doctor about their symptoms, and see if they recommend a sleep study to diagnose sleep apnea. If you get a sleep study and know your sleep score, we can measure the overall improvement with a new study when we’re done with our treatment. If you need or currently use a CPAP machine or a dental appliance, I’ll work closely with your doctor and/or dentist to make sure that you get the best possible results every time.
I’d be happy to have a chat and to answer any questions you might have, so please feel free to get in touch right here.