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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.

By S & G Family Dentistry
October 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
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Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

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Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”