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Sleep Disorders


The Open Airway & Breath Institute is a dedicated holistic dentistry practice that specializes in sleep disorders. Dr. Robin Steely, DDS focuses on overall wellness and well-being in order to find the root cause of your symptoms rather than just treating the symptoms themselves. The symptoms of Airway Centered Disorder are generally more prominent during sleep. Comprehensive studies and documentation have presented the countless side effects of breathing difficulties during sleep, characterized by sleep-disordered breathing.

Fragmented sleep and sleep deprivation have a substantial impact on the brain, leading to oxidative stress, systemic inflammation, as well as a wide scope of severe health concerns. Achieving deep, remedial sleep is crucial for any individual to thrive physically and mentally. Proper sleep is an integral part of our survival, enabling healthy function across all our physiological systems. Sleep issues can be extremely frustrating, we’re here to provide the support and holistic solutions for addressing any disorders or concerns impeding on your good night’s sleep. The Open Airway & Breath Institute’s team of sleep disorder specialists is honored to serve patients throughout the Battle Creek, Bedford Charter Township, Kalamazoo, Portage, Marshall, Richland, Holland, Grand Rapids, Hastings, Charlotte, Springfield, and Coldwater area.

Sleep Disorders Impact ON LIFE

At the Open Airway & Breath Institute, Dr. Robin Steely, DDS believes in educating our patients so that we’re able to better understand the symptoms you’re experiencing and properly treat your sleep disorder. So, what is a sleep disorder? Sleep disorders are any condition that impacts the way you sleep. There are numerous types of sleep disorders that are usually grouped into categories based on why they’re happening or how they’re affecting you. Sleep disorders can also be categorized based on issues with your natural sleep-wake cycle, breathing concerns, certain behaviors, difficulty sleeping, or the amount of fatigue you experience during the day.


Sleep Disorder Symptoms


Sleep disorder symptoms can produce both physical and mental symptoms, often creating debilitating side effects that can impact our daily tasks. Here are some of the common symptoms associated with sleep disorders:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Increased movement during sleep
  • Irregular breathing during sleep
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Irregular sleep-wake cycle
  • Falling asleep at inappropriate times
  • Feeling an uncomfortable urge to move during sleep

Common Sleep Disorders


With 50 to 70 million Americans suffering from at least one sleep disorder, sleep disorders are more common than you may think. Here are the most prevalent sleep disorders in the United States:

30% of American adults suffer from insomnia with 10% experiencing chronic insomnia. Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder and is characterized by having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night.

Sleep apnea is characterized by abnormal patterns in your breathing while you sleep. There are different types of sleep apnea that affect about 25 million American adults.

Also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease, this sleep movement disorder causes uncomfortable sensations along with the urge to move your legs when you’re trying to fall asleep. Approximately one in ten adults suffer from RLS.

Narcolepsy is a condition characterized by extreme daytime fatigue and falling asleep suddenly throughout the day. Narcolepsy impacts 1 in every 2000 people in the US, with 75% remaining undiagnosed.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48% of Americans report having snoring problems. Snoring can impede on relationships between sleeping partners and can also be a precursor to sleep apnea.

Our Holistic Approach for TREATING SLEEP DISORDERS

At the Open Airway & Breath Institute, Dr. Robin Steely, DDS is happy to extend his holistic wellness approach for treating the following sleep disorders:


Snoring is one of the most common sleep-related household concerns, often leading to partners sleeping separately and actually causing serious health concerns. A major cause of snoring is due to excessive weight. At the Open Airway & Breath Institute, we specialize in nutrition and are happy to design meal plans that address weight loss in order to stop snoring and improve overall wellness. Weight isn’t the sole contributor for snoring, drinking alcohol too close to bedtime or sleeping after a big meal can result in snoring as well. While one drink with dinner is typically safe, having a few drinks before bed can cause snoring along with other serious health concerns. We’re here to help you create better long-term habits in order to improve your well-being.

Snoring can also be a symptom of a larger concern: sleep apnea. That’s why having a specialist evaluate your sleeping patterns and current lifestyle is so crucial. It is important to evaluate if snoring is the symptom or the condition in order to receive proper treatment. Dr. Robin Steely, DDS is here to provide the comprehensive snoring treatment you need through oral appliance therapy. Only dentist-approved devices should be used for treatment in sleep apnea once you’ve been diagnosed.


Among the 25 million American adults that suffer from sleep apnea, only 20% seek treatment. Obstructive sleep apnea causes patients to stop breathing periodically while they sleep. During a sleep apnea event, obstructions are caused in the upper airway which blocks air from the lungs. Patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea often experience these symptoms:

  • Daytime fatigue and grogginess
  • Snoring
  • Insomnia or difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up gasping for air or short of breath
  • Persistent headaches
  • Reports of sudden choking sounds or snorting
  • Needing to take naps

Sleep apnea requires a board-certified sleep medicine physician for proper diagnosis and a dental sleep medicine specialist for certain treatment. At the Open Airway & Breath Institute, Dr. Robin Steely, DDS specializes in obstructive sleep apnea and is here to provide the extensive treatment plans you need. In addition to custom dental appliances, we offer whole person treatment ranging from nutritional support to achievable fitness plans for providing holistic healing for your overall wellness.

Treating Sleep Disordered Breathing in CHILDREN

Dr. Robin Steely and the team at the Open Airway & Breath Institute in Battle Creek, MI are proud to offer the HealthyStart® Program to children, which is designed to use natural and non-surgical mechanisms to restructure your child’s airway, promote correct development of the dental arches, and reverse the symptoms experienced by Sleep Breathing Disorders.

The HealthyStart® System is an oral appliance therapy that promotes natural growth and development, which addresses the root causes of SDB. Research has shown that SDB-induced oxygen deprivation is a major contributing factor to several childhood health disorders.

The HealthyStart® System has been specifically designed to promote the proper growth and development of the jaw and airway to optimize airflow and promote proper nasal breathing while straightening your child’s teeth. As these areas develop many of the symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing disappear. When kids can breathe properly, they can begin to learn, grow, and blossom into their true genetic potential…just as nature intended.

An estimated nine out of ten children suffer from one or more symptoms related to Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). – JAOS, Bergersen / Stevens

These children experience a wide range of debilitating SDB- related health disorders, such as:

  • Lower IQ
  • Chronic Allergies
  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Swollen Adenoids & Tonsils
  • Daytime Drowsiness
  • Crooked Teeth
  • Restless Sleep
  • Bedwetting
  • Nightmares
  • Dark Circles Under the Eyes
  • Snoring
  • Irritability
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Arrested Growth
  • Low grades in Math, Science & Spelling

Many kids with the above health disorders are being “treated” with powerful drugs without evaluating a possible root cause. Dr. Robin Steely and the team at The Open Airway & Breath Institute can evaluate your child at our Battle Creek office and indicate if there is a breathing and sleeping issue.

HealthyStart® Appliances are FDA Cleared, BPA, Silicone and Latex Free, ISO Certified, and a Health Canada Class II Medical-Grade Device. Treatment with the HealthyStart® Appliance System promotes natural growth and development and is safe and effective. HealthyStart® is non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical, pain-free and non-invasive therapy, is soft, comfortable and worn at night (or as directed) to assist parents who struggle with children affected by Sleep-Related Breathing Disorder, a restricted airway and crowded or crooked teeth.

Overbite Before and After
Open Bite Before and After
Overjet Before and After 1
Lower Arch Crowding Before and After
Upper Arch Crowding Before and After
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Underdeveloped Jaw Before and After
Overjet Before and After 2

HealthyStart® not only addresses the root cause of Sleep Disorder Breathing it simultaneously straightens your child’s teeth without braces. Best of all, when treatment begins early, the perfect smiles that the HealthyStart® Appliance System creates are less likely to relapse!

Find Your Sleep Disorder Solution TODAY

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Contact the Open Airway & Breath Institute today, Dr. Robin Steely, DDS and our team are ready to help you find renewed energy health. Together we’ll find the right solutions for treating your sleep disorder and helping you address your overall well-being. We welcome patients from Battle Creek, Bedford Charter Township, Kalamazoo, Portage, Marshall, Richland, Holland, Grand Rapids, Hastings, Charlotte, Springfield, and Coldwater. Please contact us or call 269-968-8151, we look forward to working with you!

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