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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 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 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sleep apnea  

Surgery or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines aren't the only options if you have sleep apnea. Dentists offer a sleep apneacomfortable low-tech alternative that's very effective in decreasing sleep apnea symptoms. Our Leawood, KS, dentists, Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier of Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center, discuss sleep apnea and share information on a dental appliance that can ease your symptoms.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing many times during the night. Every time you stop breathing, your brain is deprived of oxygen. Although each breathing pause may only last a few seconds, the cumulative effect of oxygen deprivation can have a serious impact on your health. Breathing pauses occur when your airway closes temporarily. The problem may occur if the wall of your throat become too relaxed and collapse when you sleep or may happen if your tongue blocks your airway. If your condition isn't treated, you're more likely to diabetes or high blood pressure, plus your risk of premature death to a stroke or heart disease increases.

How can I tell if I have sleep apnea?

A sleep study is best way to tell if you have sleep apnea, but there are a few clues that may indicate that you have the condition, such as:

  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping, choking or jerking awake at night
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Morning headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating at work or school
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Weight gain

How can my dentist help me?

Do you feel like a failure because you just can't get used to a CPAP machine? If you find CPAP masks uncomfortable or think the machines advertised as "quiet" just aren't quiet enough, you aren't alone. Not everyone can make the adjustment to sleeping with the machine. Luckily, an oral appliance worn while you sleep can reduce your symptoms. The device, offered in our Leawood office, holds your jaw forward, which helps open your airway and prevents your tongue from falling back into your throat.

Have you been looking for a better way to address your sleep apnea symptoms? An oral appliance may be the solution to your problem. Call our Leawood, KS, dentists, Dr. Addy and Dr. Grosdidier of Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center, at (913) 451-2929 to schedule an appointment.