Lafayette Dentist Increased Performance and Energy in Pole Jump Athlete

Lafayette, California (EastBayDaily) — Dr. Michael Selleck, D.D.S., focuses on an overall health and wellness approach for patient care that starts with examining airway health. “Often times we screen patients who are athletes,” said Dr. Selleck. He added, “Many times we find that athletic performance is impaired from not having a healthy, airway.”

One fifteen year old female patient who competitively pole jumps was complaining about breathing. After Dr. Selleck examined her airway, he indicated that “her tonsils were the size of golf balls.” When the patient was examined lying down on her back, she wasn’t able to breathe because of the blockage in her airway. By doing a simple office screening, talking with and examining the patient, Dr. Selleck found an airway blockage that hindered the patient’s daily energy and athletic performance. He referred the patient on for a tonsillectomy and sleep study. Often, with the absence of infection many carriers will deny removal of tonsils regardless of the patient’s subjective complaint. A sleep study confirmed her airway obstructions and validated the extreme medical necessity of the treatment. After treatment, the young athlete significantly increased her energy and pole jump performance.

Kids are as important as adults to our dental sleep practice. “Although we are not actually providing the airway care for young children, we are helping them with assessment and getting them to the right place,” said Dr. Selleck. In addition to the dental services offered, our practice has a specific philosophy of helping everyone with their airway issues and sleep breathing disorders. Pat McBride, dental sleep medicine implementation specialist, added, “Every night we go home feeling good about quantifiably helping kids and adults be on their way to having healthy airways. It doesn't get any better than that.”

Renaissance works with children and adults and offers dental and airway consultations to everyone in the local area. According to Dr. Selleck, “Statistics indicate that 40-60 million people suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. The more devastating news is that only 10% of people have been diagnosed. That’s why our group always takes the time to talk to people who think they may be in trouble with their airways.”

Dr. Selleck provides airway treatment through oral appliance therapy. This is done by creating a custom fabricated mouth piece that is similar to a retainer. The mouth piece works by repositioning the jaw and pushing the tongue forward to keep the airway open. “The oral appliance is a viable treatment option for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and for those who are unable to wear their Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) masks. It’s great for travel too,” Dr. Selleck said. He added, “Even though the CPAP is known as the gold standard treatment for sleep apnea, there’s a big part of the population that can’t use it. The development of the oral appliance as an adjunct modality is critical in getting patients the right treatment.”

“We realize that with the stresses people are under – environmental and personal – their health is significantly impacted by lack of sleep or lack of quality sleep,” said Dr. Selleck. Issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure are greatly impacted by sleep breathing disorders. Selleck added, “We have a very long term relationship with patients. It’s our due diligence and we owe all patients attention for the rest of their lives.”

Additionally, Pat McBride said, “We also fully believe in bringing multiple modalities under an umbrella by partnering primary care physicians, specialist physicians, dentists, orthodontists, physical therapists, and oral myologists. It’s a philosophy that we’ve adapted through the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD). It is comprehensive and time consuming, but it is helping people live better, healthier, longer enriched by information and education. It’s breaking the mold.”

Medical research has recently linked untreated sleep apnea to larger health issues such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and fatality. To learn more information, call (925) 283-0338 or visit To find out if you are at risk for having sleep apnea, take a quick, five minute, preliminary evaluation at                            

ABOUT MICHAEL SELLECK, DDS – Dr. Selleck was born and raised in San Jose, California. His undergraduate degree was completed at UCSC, followed by a Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the UOP School of Dentistry, San Francisco. A voracious learner and innovator, Dr. Selleck’s practice has steadfastly remained on the cutting edge of technology, innovation and research by implementing the most effective equipment and modalities to improve the quality of patient care and enhance the patient experience in a whole health environment. His general and reconstructive dental practice began developing into an “airway centric practice” after the loss of a close friend from sleep apnea at 39 years old. “I knew then that I had an abject responsibility to my family, friends and especially my patients to include sleep disordered breathing and airway assessment into my practice; and it has allowed me the privilege of partnership with physicians and other clinicians in our community to tangibly improve the quality of people’s lives. What began as a quest for answers regarding my friend’s death has turned into the passion that drives my work each and every day. I think my friend would have liked that.”

ABOUT SLEEPTEST.COM – is an online resource dedicated to educating the public on the dangers of untreated sleep apnea and treatment options. The goal is to offer a free preliminary online screening that can help identify people who may be at risk for this sleep disorder. The sleep test evaluation is quick and easy, and can be completed in about 5 minutes.


Anna Gordon

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