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By Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
November 20, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

A good night's sleep is a blessing, but if you're snoring, it disturbs you, your household, and your health. At the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, Dr. Nancy Addy, and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier are the sleep dentists to consult regarding your snoring. CPAP is not the only treatment option!.

What is sleep apnea?

It's a medical disorder in which the person snores loudly and stops breathing during the night. Besides extreme tiredness and mental fog, people with sleep apnea may experience:

  • Depression
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain

The Sleep Foundation says from two to nine percent of American adults have Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA. OSA happens when the tissues at the back of the throat cover the airway as you sleep. Central Sleep Apnea, or CSA, occurs when the respiratory system and the brain miscommunicate. A third disorder, Mixed Sleep Apnea, has features of both CSA and OSA.

How we can help you

If you or a family member have noticed symptoms of sleep apnea, speak to your family care physician. He or she may refer you to a sleep physician for testing and confirmation of your diagnosis.

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines help many people deal with sleep apnea. Worn every night, a facial mask sends a stream of air into the mouth and down the throat, keeping the airway open. This works well, and symptoms diminish significantly.

However, some people cannot tolerate CPAP due to its noise or even because of claustrophobia. So, oral appliance therapy from Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, is the better choice.

Both our dentists are Diplomates of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. They understand the pathophysiology of sleep apnea and the frustrations of its treatment.

At our Leawood snoring office, Dr. Addy or Dr. Grosdidier will discuss your symptoms and also do an oral examination. Your dentist may advise wearing a custom-fitted oral appliance to keep your airway patent and you snore-free.

Oral appliance therapy

There are two basic kinds of oral appliances. Both have metal and acrylic components and fit comfortably inside the mouth each time you go to sleep. The types include:

  • Tongue-retaining devices which keep the tongue from covering the throat
  • Mandibular advancement devices which put the lower jaw in a forward position, opening the airway and flattening the tongue

Dr. Addy or Dr. Grosdidier will help you decide on your best option and make the adjustments needed for comfort and performance.

Find out more

Snoring can be dangerous. So, learn more about why you snore and see Dr. Nancy Addy or Dr. Jarret Grosdidier about oral appliance therapy. Call us today for an informative consultation at Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS: (913) 451-2929.

By Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
September 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sleep apnea  

Is your sleep apnea making it difficult to get quality sleep? Our Leawood, KS, dentists can help.

Dealing with sleep apnea? Is snoring affecting your and your partner’s sleep? Whether you are dealing with chronic snoring caused by sleep apnea or not, it’s important to know that our Leawood, KS, sleep apnea dentists Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier can help you manage symptoms and finally rest easier.

Why would I see a dentist for sleep apnea?

Our dentists have received extensive training and education to be able to recognize structural abnormalities within the mouth that could increase someone’s risk for sleep apnea. Through a simple dental examination, our Leawood, KS, dentist can easily pinpoint issues with your upper airways that could lead to collapsing tissue in the back of the throat (common in those with obstructive sleep apnea).

This is just another reason why it’s so important to visit your dentist every six months for checkups. We don’t just detect oral issues, we can also recognize signs of other health problems, as well.

How can a dentist help me?

If you have been diagnosed with mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or you are simply a chronic snorer, our dental team can treat these nocturnal problems with oral appliance therapy. This requires our patients to wear a custom-made device that fits over their upper and lower teeth to reposition the jaws while they sleep to keep airways open.

While CPAP tends to be the “gold standard” when it comes to treating all forms of sleep apnea, if you are only dealing with mild symptoms or you can’t tolerate CPAP therapy, then your dentist may provide you with relief through this specialized oral appliance.

Oral appliance therapy can also be combined with CPAP for those who are still not getting relief through CPAP alone. This oral device must be worn every night while you are asleep. You should continue to wear the device every night, even once you notice an improvement in your symptoms.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, can provide you with sleep apnea oral appliance therapy, as well as full-service dentistry. To find out if oral appliance therapy can help you sleep better, schedule a consultation by calling (913) 451-2929.

By Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
July 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sleep apnea   Oral Appliance  

What is the best way to manage your sleep apnea?

Have you just been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea? If so, you may be wondering what your treatment options are. Sure, you can easily talk with a sleep doctor about how to best treat your condition; however, you may be surprised to discover that our Leawood, KS, dentists Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarrett Grosdidier can also help you manage your sleep apnea symptoms.

When it comes to treating obstructive sleep apnea the most common treatment option is CPAP therapy. CPAP therapy requires the person to wear a face mask over their face while they sleep. Throughout the night, continuous pressurized air is pumped into the nose and mouth to keep the airways open and to prevent obstructions. While this is a common way to treat sleep apnea it isn’t the only option.

Oral appliance therapy provides a custom-fitted dental device that fits over the upper and lower teeth like a mouthguard. This device works by repositioning the jaws or by suppressing the tongue to prevent airway obstructions while you sleep.

There are many factors that can play into which treatment option will work best for managing your obstructive sleep apnea symptoms. Some things to consider include,

The severity of your sleep apnea: The people who are ideal candidates for getting oral appliance from our Leawood, KS, dentists usually have mild sleep apnea; however, some moderate cases may also benefit. Those with more moderate or severe sleep apnea will typically require CPAP therapy.

You just snore: Perhaps you don’t have sleep apnea at all but you are a terribly loud, chronic snorer. This problem can also affect the quality of your sleep. In this case, oral appliance therapy may be a great treatment option.

CPAP therapy didn’t work for you: Some people don’t qualify for CPAP therapy or have tried a variety of different CPAP treatments but weren’t successful. While not common, this situation is possible. If CPAP therapy hasn’t worked for you then it may be time to talk with one of our sleep apnea dentists about whether oral appliance therapy may be a better solution.

Wondering whether your sleep apnea could benefit from getting oral appliance therapy from our Leawood, KS, dental team? If you want to sit down and discuss your treatment options with us then call Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center at (913) 451-2929 to schedule a consultation.

By Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
May 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep disorder  

The American Sleep Association states that between 50 and 70 million adults in the U.S. have at some point suffered from some kind of sleep disorder. Fortunately, there are treatments to help manage and treat these disorders.

If you suspect that you may have a sleep disorder, you can consult with one of our doctors, Dr. Nancy Addy, or Dr. Jarret Grosdidier, here at the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, to obtain an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. Meanwhile, learn about common sleep disorders and how they’re treated.

Sleep Apnea

This is a very common and potentially serious sleep disorder in which the airway becomes obstructed and repeatedly causing breath disturbances once to a hundred times per night. When this happens, you will snore excessively loud and make choking sounds.

The first line of treatment for sleep apnea includes continuous positive airway therapy or CPAP therapy. This machine is utilized for keeping the airways open during sleep by delivering mild air pressure and entails wearing a mask over the nose while sleeping.

To treat this sleep disorder, your doctor in Leawood, KS, may likewise recommend an oral or dental appliance to correct your jaw positioning when sleeping. Other treatments include positional therapy, losing excess weight, and surgery in severe cases.


When you have insomnia, remaining or going to sleep is extremely difficult. Treatment for this sleep disorder typically includes medications suited to the underlying cause of insomnia. For example, you may be prescribed anti-anxiety or anti-depression meds if you have depression or anxiety to help with your insomnia.

In some cases, sleep medications may be prescribed as needed and on a short-term basis. Other non-medical treatments include sleep restriction, cognitive behavior therapy or CBT, hypnosis, relaxation techniques, and stimulus control. Lifestyle adjustments like quitting smoking and restricting alcohol and caffeine intake are likewise recommended.

RLS or Restless Leg Syndrome

People with RLS have an uncontrollable desire or urge to move their legs while at rest. They also sometimes feel an unpleasant burning, tingling, or aching feeling and a sensation that something’s crawling up their calves. Behavioral therapy and medications are used for treating RLS.


This sleep disorder causes you to fall asleep suddenly at any time regardless of wherever you are because individuals with narcolepsy aren’t capable of regulating the sleep-wake cycle. Fortunately, it can be managed with medications and nap training.

Yes, having a sleep disorder could be stressful and frightening, but it’s also crucial to keep in mind that it’s treatable with the right treatments and professional help.

Do You Suffer from a Sleep Disorder? We Can Help

Call (913) 451-2929 to reach the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center here in Leawood, KS, and arrange your consultation with Dr. Nancy Addy or Dr. Jarret Grosdidier.

By S & G Family Dentistry
December 30, 2019
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: cpap  

If CPAP therapy isn’t controlling your sleep apnea symptoms, we are here to help.

Sleep is one of the most important things you can do to maintain good health and wellbeing. If you are dealing with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which affects millions of Americans, it is important that you see a doctor right away. For those who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, our Leawood, KS, dentists Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier may be able to help.

How Our Dentists Treat Sleep Apnea

When people find out that they have obstructive sleep apnea they may hear that CPAP is one of the most common ways to treat this sleep disorder; however, it isn’t the only option. Our Leawood, KS, sleep apnea dentists have helped many patients manage their sleep apnea symptoms with oral appliance therapy.

An oral appliance is a plastic custom-made device that is similar to a mouthguard or retainer that covers the upper and lower teeth. It holds the mouth in a certain position, keeping the jaws slightly forward to keep the airways open, prevent snoring and to make sure the patient is able to breathe normally throughout the night.

The Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy

There are over 100 different types of oral appliances that are used to treat sleep apnea. You will need to come into our office for a consultation so we can determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate for oral appliance therapy. This device isn’t right for everyone and is most often used to treat more minor cases. Those with more severe cases may not be ideal candidates for treatment.

One of the major benefits of oral appliance therapy is that it’s extremely comfortable and convenient. All you have to do is put in your oral device every night before bedtime. It’s easy to wear and care for, very portable (particularly compared to CPAP equipment) and fits into your lifestyle. While oral appliance therapy is used to treat obstructive sleep apnea it can also treat snoring that isn’t caused by a sleep disorder. If you are committed to wearing your oral appliance every night you will notice dramatic relief from your symptoms within a few days.

You owe it to yourself and your bed partner to get better sleep. If you are ready to learn more about getting oral appliance therapy in Leawood, KS, and whether it’s right for you then call Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment today at (913) 451-2929 to schedule an evaluation.

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