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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.

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.





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