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By S & G Family Dentistry
October 16, 2018
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: sleep apnea  

Though many people snore while they sleep, this issue is often chalked up to environmental factors like allergens or a simple stuffy nose. However, in some cases, snoring could be the sign of something more complex such as sleep apnea. Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier at Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS can help you find out more about this condition, how it can affect you and your sleep, and educate you on its dental treatment options.

What is sleep apnea? 
By definition, an apnea is a pause in breathing. Sleep apnea is a condition which causes apneas while asleep, disrupting your sleep patterns and causing potentially serious complications. There are several types of sleep apnea, including:

  • Obtrusive Sleep Apnea: OSA occurs when the airway becomes blocked, most often by the back of the tongue.
  • Central Sleep Apnea: CSA happens when the brain fails to send the correct signals to the muscles which control breathing, causing apneas.
  • Complex Sleep Apnea: Complex sleep apnea is a mix of OSA and CSA.

How is sleep apnea diagnosed? 
There is not one definitive test to diagnose sleep apnea. Doctors usually base their diagnosis on the findings of a sleep study, during which a patient spends the night in a laboratory environment. Over the course of the night, technicians monitor their apneas and how often they occur and keep tabs on their brain activity, eye movements, body movements, heart rate, and more.

Do I have sleep apnea? 
Because it occurs while you sleep, sleep apnea symptoms often go unnoticed. In fact, many patients report that their bed partner noticed their symptoms far before they did. Some common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • loud, excessive snoring
  • pauses in breathing while asleep
  • insomnia
  • waking up choking or gasping
  • morning headaches
  • daytime fatigue
  • waking up feeling unrested, even after what you think is a full night’s sleep

Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea in Leawood, KS
Though a dentist may not be the first type of doctor that comes to mind in regard to sleep apnea, they can help treat your OSA with oral appliance therapy. OSA often occurs due to the back of the tongue slipping down to block the airway. An oral appliance repositions the jaw to move forward, keeping the tongue away from the airway. This prevents the obstruction and, in turn, the apneas it causes. A consultation with your dentist can confirm that oral appliance therapy is your best sleep apnea treatment option.

For more information on sleep apnea or dental appliance therapy, please contact Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier at Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS. Call (913) 451-2929 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By S & G Family Dentistry
June 28, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea   sleep disorder  

Find out how our Leawood, KS, dentists can help you tackle your sleep apnea symptoms.sleep disorder

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder, but one that can become potentially serious if left untreated. Unfortunately, there are many people out there who may be having sleepless nights and daytime exhaustion and never know that sleep apnea is the root cause. This is why it’s so important that you seek the help of a professional if you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea. In fact, if you do have sleep apnea, you may be surprised to learn that our Leawood, KS, general dentists Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier can help you.

What are the warning signs of sleep apnea?

As we mentioned, a lot of people don’t realize that they even have sleep apnea; however, if you are experiencing some of these symptoms it’s important that you visit a sleep specialist right away:

  • Chronic and loud snoring
  • Extreme daytime fatigue
  • Morning headaches
  • Gasping for breath while asleep
  • Waking up to go to the bathroom
  • Mood swings
  • Poor memory
  • Lack of concentration

How can a dentist in Leawood, KS, help me?

Once you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, our dental team is happy to become part of your medical team to help you get your symptoms under control. After all, leaving sleep apnea untreated can lead to serious health problems like heart attack, stroke, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It’s imperative that you receive the proper sleep apnea treatment.

Of course, you might not realize that dentists can treat sleep disorders, too. While CPAP therapy does tend to be the most common way to treat sleep apnea, it isn’t the only solution. This is why we offer oral appliance therapy to our patients. Oral appliance therapy is a great way to treat mild and sometimes moderate forms of sleep apnea.

Instead of wearing a facemask over your nose and mouth at night, we will give you a custom-fitted dental appliance that will fit over your top and bottom teeth and prevent the tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing and blocking the airways while you sleep.

While oral appliance therapy isn’t right for everyone, it can provide an easy and convenient solution for those with mild obstructive sleep apnea. If you are ready to get your sleep apnea under control and get the quality sleep your mind and body need to stay healthy then it’s time to find out how our dental team here in Leawood, KS, can help. Call Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center today.

By S & G Family Dentistry
May 04, 2018
Category: Sleep Apnea

Has your partner complained that your snoring has gotten worse? Are you waking up feeling just as tired as you were when you went to cpapbed? You could be struggling with a condition called sleep apnea. The team at the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, can help you by creating an oral appliance. It’s a viable and often preferable alternative to CPAP therapy.

About Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is one of the most commonly diagnosed sleep disorders. It is caused by a soft tissue airway obstruction. Estimates by the National Sleep Foundation show that approximately 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, but those numbers may be higher since many don’t realize they’re having an issue while they sleep. Sleep apnea patients may wake up dozens of times during the night, then fall right back to sleep not realizing that there was a disruption. When the alarm wakes them up, they wonder why they are still tired, sleepy, and fatigued throughout the day.

Oral Appliance Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Many people choose to go to their primary physician for help with sleeping problems and are referred to a sleep specialist or ENT. But it is possible that your Leawood dentist can help by making you a special dental appliance. This device, a CPAP alternative, is designed to push your lower jaw forward while keeping the mouth slightly ajar. The tongue and other soft tissue no longer block the airway while you’re sleeping. The result: less snoring and a continuous, restful period of sleep each night. It may also protect your teeth from bruxism (grinding and clenching).

Reasons for a CPAP Alternative
An oral appliance is a preferable alternative to a CPAP machine for a number of reasons. A CPAP appliance requires you to wear a strange mask over your face while you sleep, which can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Wearing an oral appliance for sleep apnea is similar to wearing a retainer in your mouth after orthodontic treatment. It’s easier to get used to, compared to CPAP.

Get Better Sleep
If you have symptoms that show you may be struggling with sleep apnea, a dentist can help. Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier are a team of dentists who can help you “breathe easy again.” Get diagnosed and treated at their Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, by calling (913) 451-2929.

By S & G Family Dentistry
January 26, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Learn more about oral appliances from your Leawood dentists.oral appliances

Suffering from sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a common, yet often undiagnosed sleep disorder. It afflicts 20 million adults in the United States. The Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, offers treatments for sleep apnea. Read on to learn about the different types of oral appliances for sleep apnea.

Klearway- Klearway is an oral appliance used for the treatment sleep apnea and snoring. Klearway is crafted from a thermoacrylic material. The Klearway appliance fits securely in your mouth for a perfect fit while significantly reducing tooth discomfort. The appliance holds the lower in a forward position and the jaws closed together during sleep. 

SomnoDent- The SomnoDent device is crafted from a high-quality acrylic material The SomnoDent oral sleep appliance is the gold standard in the treatment of sleep apnea. The oral device treats sleep apnea by holding the jaw in a forward position, which keeps the airways open. The SomnoDent oral device allows you to sleep comfortably and breathe easier.

Herbst Advance- The SomnoDent Herbst Advance oral appliance is an effective treatment for sleep apnea. Developed with proprietary SMH BFlex, the oral device features a hinge mechanism that increases comfort for the patient. The SomnoDent Herbst Advance oral appliance is available in two models (Classic and Flex). 

The TAP Device- The TAP 3 and TAP 3 Elite (Thornton Adjustable Positioner) effectively treat sleep apnea. The TAP 3 and TAP 3 Elite are custom-made oral appliances that fit comfortably and firmly over the teeth. The oral devices hold the jaw forward and allows the lips to close. The TAP 3 and TAP 3 Elite improve breathing and eliminate snoring in over 95 percent of patients.

The SomnoDent SUAD- The SomnoDent SUAD is a premium oral device that safely and effectively treats sleep apnea. It is a comfortable, effective, and durable alternative to CPAP therapy or surgery. The oral device is produced from a laboratory-grade impression of your own teeth. The SomnoDent SUAD is designed to withstand the forces of teeth grinding. 

Searching for a sleep apnea specialist in Leawood, KS? Call the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center at 913-451-2929 today to schedule an appointment in Leawood, KS. Don't take risks with your health. Left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious and life-shortening consequences.

By S & G Family Dentistry
November 29, 2017
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: snoring  

Find out why those nights of snoring could be affecting your health.snoring

While sitcoms certainly make snoring partners seem like a hilarity, this problem is certainly not as funny as it might seem. Sure, we know it’s definitely not fun for the offender’s sleep partner but snoring is actually really an unhealthy habit to have. “Why?” you might be wondering. Our Leawood, KS, dentists Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier are here to tell you.

If you snore loudly or persistently then you will want to read on to find out why this could cause serious issues for your health. Snoring happens when there is an obstruction that affects the amount of air that goes through the nose and mouth. There are many reasons this problem might happen and it’s important that you get the issue evaluated right away by a medical professional.

What health problems are linked to snoring?

If you snore regularly then you may also be at high risk for certain health issues such as:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (the majority of those with this sleep disorder are also snorers)
  • Poor sleep quality
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Obesity
  • Extreme fatigue

As you can see it’s important that you don’t just ignore your nighttime snoring. It could truly cause serious ramifications for your health.

How can a dentist help?

You may be curious to know how our Leawood, KS, general dentist could provide you with the treatment you need to stop snoring. Whether you are suffering from sleep apnea or not, we may be able to eliminate snoring and help you sleep better by providing you with a custom oral appliance.

Oral appliance therapy looks similar to a mouthguard and will fit over your teeth to keep the airways open while you sleep. There are a couple different ways this oral appliance can work. It might work by suppressing the tongue and preventing it from obstructing the throat or the appliance may reposition the jaws to prevent the tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing. If you snore or if you have minor-to-moderate sleep apnea, then it’s time to talk to us about whether oral appliance therapy is the best approach for tackling your symptoms.

If you are dealing with obstructive sleep apnea then it might be time you turned to one of our dentists to find out if oral appliance therapy is the right approach to getting a better night’s rest. Call Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, today.

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