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EXCEPTIONAL AIRWAYS

A clinical, individualized approach to breathe better.
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METHODS & PHILOSOPHIES

NASAL BREATHING

The nose’s main function is to inhale oxygen that our bodies need to survive. But lack of proper nasal breathing or even sleep disordered breathing leads to incorrect tongue position and function because mouth breathing becomes the primary source of obtaining this necessary oxygen. Mouth breathing can lead to a number of systemic diseases and conditions. Myofunctional therapy’s goal is to re-educate the tongue, lips, and orofacial muscles to facilitate nasal breathing only.
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TONGUE POSTURE

Low tongue posture can lead to poor facial growth and jaw development, post- orthodontic relapse, improper muscle function, and airway obstruction. Tethered oral tissues such as a tongue-tie can also affect tongue position. Myofunctional therapy can retrain the tongue for better posture and function which can lead to optimal growth and development, improved nasal breathing, swallowing, and speech.
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LIP SEAL

Open mouth posture leads to dry lips, low tongue position, mouth breathing and so much more. Establishing an ideal lip seal reinforces proper nasal breathing and swallow patterns. Through the exercises of myofunctional therapy the lips and orofacial muscles can be strengthened to support proper facial development and promote nasal breathing.

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ABOUT ME

Minette graduated from the University of California Riverside with a BS in Biological Sciences and began her career in the dental field as a Registered Dental Assistant in 2000. She worked in private practice for a few years until she became the Clinical Manager at The Las Vegas Institute and taught in the dental team program for nine years. In 2014, she decided to go to dental hygiene school and later graduated with high honors from the College of Southern Nevada’s Dental Hygiene Program. She is a member of Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society and Alpha Phi Omega National Co-Ed Service Fraternity.

During her college years, she earned several awards and scholarships including the Asian American Award for Excellence in Academics and Leadership, the Academic Excellence Award, and the Deborah Groom Peterman Community Award. In 2018, she was given an Exceptional Performance (XP) Award from Pacific Dental Services and helped conduct multiple RDH study clubs. Minette has given presentations on various topics for dental assistants and hygienists, and was a panelist for the Western Society of Periodontology’s Dental Hygiene Symposium in 2021. She has served as President of the dental hygienists’ association for both the local component and for the state of Nevada. Minette continues to be a lifelong learner and is pursuing her certification for Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy. Minette has always been a strong advocate for giving back to her community. She has volunteered for Remote Area Medical, Give Kids a Smile, and recently was one of the few hygienists to finish training and administered the Covid vaccine. She is an active member of her church and consistently helps at her boys’ school. Minette enjoys cooking, running, arts-n-crafts, shopping, and most importantly spending time with her husband and two boys.

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The core of myofunctional therapy is to create that perfect triad of nasal breathing, tongue posture, and lip seal. As your myofunctional therapist, my goal is to identify and break those bad habits to get you breathing better, functioning better, and ultimately living better. So, come and BREATHE. LIVE. SMILE with me!

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TESTIMONIALS

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Minette. She is extremely knowledgeable, caring and passionate about what she does. I learned SO MUCH during my myofunctional assessment with her. It truly changed my perspective and understanding of my dental/facial/airway issues. Her instructions and assignments are super concise and clear, and if I have questions between sessions she’s always quick to respond. I’ve felt so supported by her through the entire process— I cannot thank her enough

- Julia R

I have known Minette for over 15 years and am always impressed with her knowledge, her attention to detail, and her genuine caring attitude for her patients. She works for me as a dental hygienist and our patients love her! Minette has furthered her education through a rigorous program to become certified as a myofunctional therapist. She is extremely thorough and looks at the whole patient to help them achieve optimal health. I know as a dentist that if a patient suffers from head and neck pain, has inadequate jaw size, or has sleep and breathing issues (snoring and/or sleep apnea) they will benefit from myofunctional therapy. I refer all of the patients I am treating for TMJ pain, sleep issues and orthodontic care to Minette so they get optimal healing, beautiful smiles and better sleep.

- Dr. Laurie Bloch-Johnson, DM

Minette is always learning and keeping up with health and dental research. She keeps us informed and it's great working with her and seeing her pass along that care to our patients. She helps our patients understand the mouth to body connection and collaborates with them to achieve optimal health.

- Lena N.

We have been working with Ms. Minette and the team at Dr. Laurie's office for over a year for our two children. Ms. Minette is informative and communicates clearly the concepts, expectations, and steps involved in the process for the kids' myotherapy. Her chairside manner is exceptional and she has formed a positive relationship with our family through her caring and fun nature, as the kids truly enjoy their appointments with her. We are very grateful for the extra effort and guidance she provides. The flexibility with the in-person and virtual appointments are a life-saver for our busy schedules and traveling from outside the Vegas area!

- Jake, Leanne, Lucy, and Henry K.

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