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By S & G Family Dentistry
August 21, 2019
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: oral appliances  

Are you a chronic snorer who keeps your partner up at night? Do you wake up feeling exhausted in the morning despite sleeping an appropriate amount of hours? If so, it's possible that you may have a case of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Fortunately, our Leawood, KS, dentists, Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier, are able to help you manage your symptoms and get better sleep through the use of oral appliance therapy, a popular alternative to CPAP. Read on to learn more.

What is oral appliance therapy?

Oral appliance therapy is an FDA-approved, custom-made dental device that fits over your teeth and repositions the jaws in order to prevent snoring or obstructive sleep apnea.

Is oral appliance therapy right for everyone?

Oral appliance therapy can be a great treatment option for those with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea as well as those who are unable to tolerate CPAP therapy. However, those with central sleep apnea are not good candidates for this type of sleep apnea treatment. Accordingly, it’s important to talk with our Leawood, KS, sleep apnea dentist to find out if oral appliance therapy is right for you.

How does oral appliance therapy work?

With obstructive sleep apnea, breathing becomes inhibited by either a collapse of tissue in the back of the throat or a blockage of the airway by the tongue. When an oral appliance is worn, however, it repositions the jaws forward to prevent both the tongue and oral tissue from blocking your throat while you sleep.

What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy?

Along with managing your symptoms to help you wake up feeling refreshed, oral appliance therapy is comfortable and easy to wear, maintain, and care for. Additionally, those who travel often will find that transporting a small oral appliance is much easier and more convenient than a CPAP machine.

How long will it take to get an oral appliance?

It can take a couple of visits to our office before you get your new device. After all, we will need to custom-create it for the perfect fit in your mouth. Therefore, impressions will need to be taken, and the device will need to be made before you come in for a fitting.

Concerned? Contact us

If you or a loved one isn’t getting the sleep they need, then it’s time to find out if oral appliance therapy could help. Call Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, today at (913) 451-2929.

By S & G Family Dentistry
June 24, 2019
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: sleep apnea  

Sleep ApneaMany people with sleep apnea don't realize they have a problem until someone notices that pauses in their breathing while they sleep. The muscles in the throat become relaxed, causing a momentary block in the airway. The most common symptom of sleep apnea is chronic loud snoring, and waking up choking or gasping for air. However despite the fact that the cycle can repeat itself dozens of times throughout the night, most people with sleep apnea wake up in the morning completely unaware that their sleep pattern was interrupted. In addition to disrupting your sleep, sleep apnea can also lead to a number of additional symptoms and potential health complications. Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret S. Grosdidier, dentists at the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center offer sleep apnea treatment in Leawood, KS.

Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment in Leawood, KS

There are two types of sleep apnea, which are obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form, and occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat momentarily relax during sleep and block the airway. Central sleep apnea is caused due to a problem with the signal's the brain sends to the muscles that control breathing.

The most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Momentary pauses in breathing while you sleep (observed by another person)
  • Choking or gasping for air while you sleep
  • Waking up with dry mouth
  • Waking up with a headache
  • Insomnia
  • Hypersomnia (feeling really sleepy during the day)
  • Trouble focusing and concentrating
  • Irritability

If left untreated, sleep apnea can also increase the risk of serious health complications like high blood pressure, heart trouble, and diabetes.

If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, there are several types of oral appliances available to help keep your airway open while you sleep.

Find a Dentist in Leawood, KS

For more information about diagnosis and treatment options for sleep apnea, contact the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center by calling (913) 451-2929 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Addy or Dr. Grosdidier.

By S & G Family Dentistry
May 07, 2019
Category: Sleep Apnea

Millions of adults in the U.S. are affected by sleep apnea, a condition associated with interrupted breathing during sleep. Pauses in sleep-apneabreathing occur when the airway collapses, making it difficult for air to reach the lungs. Individuals with sleep apnea often have difficulty achieving a restful night’s sleep. CPAP therapy is commonly used to treat sleep apnea, but can be uncomfortable. Fortunately, there is an alternative. At the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier have a CPAP alternative.

What is CPAP Therapy?

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP therapy is a method for treating sleep apnea by maintaining consistent air pressure to the airway while sleeping so it does not collapse and cause interruptions in breathing. CPAP therapy utilizes a machine and a sleep mask to deliver consistent air pressure to the airway. Depending on the type of mask a patient is given, it covers the nose or both the mouth and nose and is worn while the patient sleeps.

CPAP therapy effectively treats sleep apnea for many patients. However, the machine does make some noise when turned on at night, which can affect some patients’ ability to sleep. Additionally, not everyone is comfortable wearing and breathing through a mask while sleeping. For patients who are hesitant about CPAP therapy, a more comfortable alternative treatment option is available.

Oral Appliance Treatment

Oral appliance treatment is an alternative to CPAP therapy for treating sleep apnea. Oral appliance treatment eliminates the need for a sleep mask and a machine to regulate air pressure to the airway. Oral appliance treatment works with an oral appliance that fits directly in your mouth, much like an orthodontic retainer. There are no masks and no machines. There are two types of oral appliances for treating sleep apnea. A dentist can recommend the right one for you. Sleep apnea oral appliances include:

  • Mandibular Repositioning Appliance — Repositions and holds the lower jaw in a stable position while sleeping to keep the tongue in place and the airway open.
  • Tongue Retaining Appliance — Holds the tongue in a forward position so it cannot collapse and block the airway while sleeping.

There are several advantages to treating sleep apnea with oral appliances versus CPAP therapy. Oral appliances are small and easy to take along when traveling overnight. Oral appliances are also less cumbersome and much more comfortable to wear than a sleep mask connected to a machine. Additionally, oral appliances are custom designed for each patient for a perfect fit, which also makes them more comfortable. Finally, it is possible to use oral appliances in conjunction with CPAP therapy, eliminating the need for a chin strap.

Oral appliances are an exciting alternative for treating sleep apnea for individuals hesitant about CPAP therapy. For more information about oral appliances or CPAP in Leawood, schedule an appointment with Dr. Addy or Dr. Grosdidier by calling the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center at (913) 451-2929.

By S & G Family Dentistry
January 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sleep apnea  

Sleep ApneaWant to know how your Leawood, KS, doctor can help with sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is an SRBD, sleep-related breathing disorder, that affects a person's respiratory airflow. People who suffer from this serious medical disorder snore and experience several stops in their breathing throughout the night called apneas. If you're suffering from sleep apnea, you need to contact your Leawood, KS, doctors.

More on Sleep Apnea

People suffer from apneas due to relaxed muscles that collapse in the back of the throat. When the muscles collapse, the airflow is interrupted. Other soft tissue, like the tongue, may also collapse closing off the windpipe, either partially or completely.

Treatment

CPAP, continuous positive airway pressure, therapy is a machine used to treat sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea helps an individual breathe easily while they're asleep. CPAP uses positive airway pressure to pass air in the throat to prevent soft tissue from collapsing. It's a popular, relatively safe and effective treatment option of OSA, Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Your doctor offers other appliances as well. Learn more:

  1. Mandibular Repositioning Appliances: These appliances reposition and maintain the lower jaw while you sleep. This allows the easy passage of air by preventing the tongue from hindering air flow.
     
  2. Tongue Retaining Appliances: This appliance hold the tongue forward to prevent it from collapsing while you sleep.

    Some advantages include:
  • Easily portable and convenient
  • Perfect for patients who are not good candidates or prefer a less invasive approach than surgery
  • Discreet and less cumbersome than CPAP machines
  • They are used in a combination with other appliances, like a CPAP
  • It's custom-designed by your dentist for the patient's mouth and individual needs of use
  • They are easy to wear and comfortable

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your health and would like to know if you are suffering from sleep apnea, then contact your Leawood, KS, today!

By S & G Family Dentistry
January 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sleep apnea   Sleep Problems  

Sleep ApneaDo you snore? Sure, your family finds it annoying, but did you know that you're snoring could also be sleep apnea, a sleep disorder which impacts your overall health? At Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier provide oral appliance therapy to correct snoring. Leawood oral appliances are great alternatives to CPAP and other sleep disorder treatments.

What is sleep apnea?

Most cases of sleep apnea involve the muscles of the back of the throat. While you sleep, these muscles relax, vibrate, and block the passage of air in and out of your lungs. Hence, you snore loudly and may have varying symptoms of:

  • Waking multiple times an hour
  • Gasping for air
  • Daytime sleepiness and fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Mental fogginess

Some individuals also experience systemic health problems such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and stroke—all because they cannot breathe properly as they sleep!

While your primary care physician or sleep physician may make the official diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) the team here at Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center offers customized oral appliances to correct the problem and improve your rest and health. We will guide you through the process, customizing a care plan to fit your special sleep needs.

How oral appliance therapy works

While many Leawood OSA patients use CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) to keep their airways open during sleep, some find the bedside machine noisy. Plus, the associated hoses and masks can be cumbersome and claustrophobic.

An oral appliance provides a more comfortable, yet, effective treatment for many cases of OSA. Small and fitting comfortably inside the mouth, an oral appliance from Dr. Addy or Dr. Grosdidier may eliminate CPAP altogether or help the individual use the machine less.

Oral appliances for sleep apnea work in a couple of ways. One type moves the lower jaw, or mandible, into a more forward position. Another type retains the tongue. In either case, the airway is effectively opened and kept open as long as the appliance is in place, allowing air to flow freely and stopping the annoying and unhealthy snoring characteristic of sleep apnea.

Your consultation

Contact Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, and come in for a one-on-one consultation with one of our highly qualified sleep dentists. We will assess your specific symptoms and recommend the appliance right for you. You'll find this custom-made oral appliance to be comfortable, easy to keep clean, portable, and best of all, effective.

Why not call the office today to book an appointment? Phone (913) 451-2929.





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