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By Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
September 16, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorder
Tags: Bruxism   Toothaches  

Do your teeth hurt when you wake up in the morning? Your pain could be caused by bruxism, a condition that occurs when you grind your teeth. Fortunately, your Leawood, KS, dentists, Dr. Nancy Addy, and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier of Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center offer treatment that can relieve tooth pain and sleep disorders.

How bruxism affects your teeth

Grinding your teeth while you sleep exerts considerable pressure on your teeth. If you wake up with stiff jaw muscles and pain in your teeth, bruxism could be the source of the problem. Over time, grinding can crack or chip teeth and dental crowns, loosen dental implants and cause gum disease and receding gums. Grinding your teeth wears away tooth enamel, which can make your teeth sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.

Bruxism may also increase your risk of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), a condition that affects the hinged joints in your jaw. Symptoms of TMD include jaw pain and stiffness, headaches, ear pain, and pressure, difficulty opening or closing your mouth, and a clicking or popping sound when you open or close your mouth.

The bruxism/sleep apnea connection

You may be more likely to grind your teeth if you're stressed, have a bite problem, or have certain diseases, like gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), Parkinson's disease, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Bruxism may also be related to sleep apnea, one of the sleep disorders treated in the Leawood, KS, dental office. Studies have shown that people who have sleep apnea are more likely to suffer from bruxism, according to the Sleep Foundation.

Sleep apnea occurs when tissues in your throat become too relaxed while you sleep or your tongue falls back against your airway. When this happens, you may stop breathing momentarily. Your body restarts your breathing by causing you to choke or gasp. Sleep-apnea breathing pauses happen hundreds of times a night and deprive your brain of oxygen. Failing to treat sleep apnea can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other health conditions.

Help for bruxism and sleep apnea

Your dentist can recommend oral appliances that reduce pressure on your teeth and keep your airway open during the night. The appliances are worn over the teeth and offer a simple way to treat grinding and sleep apnea.

Concerned about bruxism or a sleep disorder that affects your breathing? Call (913) 451-2929 to schedule an appointment with your dentists in Leawood, KS, Dr. Nancy Addy, and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier of Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center.

By Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
August 10, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Do people complain about your constant snoring? You may have sleep apnea and not even realize it.

Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier of Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center can diagnose and treat your sleep disorder in Leawood, KS.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is often accompanied by snoring. While you sleep, you are disrupted when your airflow is blocked and you may snore or get startled awake. This can happen many times per night and prevent you from getting a restful night’s sleep.

Most people don’t notice their nighttime symptoms but experience excessive sleepiness during the day or fall asleep throughout the day. Sleep apnea can cause other serious health issues and puts you at a higher risk for accidents.

There are different types of sleep apnea that depend on the reason for the restricted airflow. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the upper airway is blocked either partially or completely during sleep. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe even though the airway isn’t blocked. Mixed sleep apnea is a combination of the two types.

If you have obstructive or mixed sleep apnea, you could benefit from a mandibular repositioning appliance to help manage your sleep disorder in Leawood, KS. This oral appliance is an alternative to the traditional CPAP treatment. The oral appliance keeps the lower jaw in a protruded position, so the airway is opened by pulling your tongue forward. It also holds the lower jaw in a stable position.

Mandibular repositioning appliances are smaller and more convenient than the bulky CPAP, so ask your dentists about oral appliances.

To learn more about oral appliances and sleep disorders in Leawood, KS, contact Dr. Addy and Dr. Grosdidier of Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center. Call (913) 451-2929 to schedule an appointment today.

By Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
May 10, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Snoring Appliances  

How your dentists in Leawood, KS, can relieve snoring and sleep apnea

If you have been told you snore, it can be embarrassing. It can also be a sign of a potentially serious condition known as sleep apnea. The truth is, sleep apnea can take years off of your life. Fortunately, your dentist can treat sleep apnea by having you wear a simple dental appliance while you sleep.

Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier at Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, offer comprehensive treatment for snoring and sleep apnea. They are both Diplomates of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and the Snoring And Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center are accredited by the AADSM, the only office in Kansas.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea is a common problem affecting 18 to 20 million adults in this country. Sleep apnea is caused by the tissue at the back of your throat relaxing during the night. This tissue blocks your airway, causing oxygen loss to your vital organs, including your heart and brain.

This lack of oxygen can lead to:

  • A stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Memory problems
  • A shortened lifespan

For decades a CPAP was the only way to treat sleep apnea, but many people didn’t like the CPAP because it was bulky and uncomfortable to wear. Maintenance was difficult, and bacterial sinus infections were a common problem.

Now, there is another way, supplied by your dentist! It’s a simple dental appliance. There are two types:

  • A mandibular repositioning appliance holds your lower jaw in a forward position, keeping your airway open while you sleep.
  • A tongue retaining appliance, which holds your tongue forward, maintaining an open airway while you sleep.

These sleep apnea dental appliances offer important benefits, including:

  • Comfort, because they are custom made to fit your mouth
  • Portability, because they are small enough to fit in your pocket
  • Convenience, because you can easily take them anywhere
  • Hygienic, because you clean them by simple soaking

To read more detailed information about dental appliances to treat sleep apnea and snoring.

To find out more about how your dentist can relieve sleep apnea and snoring, call Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier of Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, at (913) 451-2929. Call now and sleep soundly again!

By Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
March 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral appliances   cpap  

Say goodbye to sleep apnea symptoms. Your dentist can help you rest easier.

Did you just find out that your snoring is caused by sleep apnea? Sleep apnea can be dangerous to your health if left untreated. Many patients turn to CPAP treatment to get their sleep apnea under control. If you’ve been told that you aren’t an ideal candidate for CPAP therapy, or if you’d like to find a more compact treatment option, then you may want to talk with our Leawood, KS, dentists Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier about oral appliance therapy.

What is oral appliance therapy?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the airways become blocked while sleeping. This is what causes pauses in breathing throughout the night. Oral appliance therapy, also known as a mandibular advancement device, is a retainer-like device that covers both the upper and lower teeth. This device moves the jaw slightly forward, which also repositions the tongue to prevent airway obstructions during the night.

What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy?

One of the biggest benefits is that our Leawood, KS, patients only have to wear a simple, comfortable oral device rather than the traditional CPAP mask over their nose and mouth while they sleep. The device is custom-made to fit your mouth so it’s incredibly comfortable. Plus, you only have to wear the device while you’re sleeping. It’s easy to use and portable, which is great if you have to travel a lot.

Should I make the switch to oral appliance therapy?

If you are currently a CPAP wearer and you’re wondering whether oral appliance therapy could help you, it’s time to talk with our Leawood, KS, sleep dentistry team. While oral appliance therapy can be beneficial for those with mild to moderate forms of obstructive sleep apnea, it isn’t right for everyone. In some cases, a combined treatment of CPAP and oral appliance therapy may be beneficial, particularly if you are dealing with a more severe or treatment-resistant form of OSA.

If you are dealing with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and CPAP therapy isn’t providing you with relief, you may be an ideal candidate for oral appliance therapy. Call the Leawood, KS, dental team at Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center at (913) 451-2929 to learn more about oral appliance therapy and whether it’s right for you.

By Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
March 08, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral appliances  

If you are suffering from sleep apnea, oral appliances from your Leawood dentist could help you finally get a good night's rest. There are many different kinds of oral appliances on the market today. To help you understand the differences the doctors at the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center want to introduce you to the most popular oral appliances available. Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier are experienced dentists who specialize in sleep apnea dental treatment. If you live in the Leawood, KS, area and want to solve your sleep apnea, visit the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center, today!

What are Oral Appliances?

Oral appliances are specially designed apparatus which shift the jaw forward to unblock the airway. It is this blockage that causes heavy snoring and prevents you from resting well. Oral appliances are custom made using high-quality material. Your Leawood dentist can provide the perfect oral appliance to fit your needs. In fact, oral appliances are proven to increase the sleep quality of 90% of people who use them. Modern oral appliances are comfortable to wear at night and they do not significantly hinder your ability to speak or drink. Ask Dr. Addy and Dr. Grosdidier if an oral appliance can help you sleep better!

Different Types of Oral Appliances

  • Herbst Advance- The Herbst Advance from SomnoDent is made from SMH BFlex technology. It also features an adjustable hinge which increases comfort for the patients who choose this device.
  • Klearway- This oral appliance is made from thermoacrylic material. It slightly pushes the lower jaw forward and keeps your mouth shut during the night. It fits comfortably in your mouth to reduce tooth discomfort.
  • The Narval- The Narval is crafted with lightweight, flexible material which is found to be more comfortable than hard plastic competitors.
  • SomnoDent Avant- This device is digitally designed for maximum comfort. It is the lightest appliance developed by SomnoDent today. It provides a full lip seal and maintains your ability to talk and drink normally.
  • TAP Device- The Thornton Adjustable Positioner Devices, TAP 3 and TAP 3 Elite, have helped 95% of patients dealing with sleep apnea. They are custom-made and fit firmly over the teeth.
  • SomnoDent SUAD- The SUAD from SomnoDent is one of the most durable appliances from this brand. It is designed to withstand nightly teeth grinding and is just as comfortable as other options.

There are many options for oral appliances so talk to your dentist at the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center to find the right fit for you. You can visit Dr. Grosdidier and Dr. Addy in Leawood, KS, or call their office at (913) 451-2929 to schedule an appointment, today!

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