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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
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
May 04, 2018
Category: Sleep Apnea

Has your partner complained that your snoring has gotten worse? Are you waking up feeling just as tired as you were when you went to cpapbed? You could be struggling with a condition called sleep apnea. The team at the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, can help you by creating an oral appliance. It’s a viable and often preferable alternative to CPAP therapy.

About Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is one of the most commonly diagnosed sleep disorders. It is caused by a soft tissue airway obstruction. Estimates by the National Sleep Foundation show that approximately 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, but those numbers may be higher since many don’t realize they’re having an issue while they sleep. Sleep apnea patients may wake up dozens of times during the night, then fall right back to sleep not realizing that there was a disruption. When the alarm wakes them up, they wonder why they are still tired, sleepy, and fatigued throughout the day.

Oral Appliance Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Many people choose to go to their primary physician for help with sleeping problems and are referred to a sleep specialist or ENT. But it is possible that your Leawood dentist can help by making you a special dental appliance. This device, a CPAP alternative, is designed to push your lower jaw forward while keeping the mouth slightly ajar. The tongue and other soft tissue no longer block the airway while you’re sleeping. The result: less snoring and a continuous, restful period of sleep each night. It may also protect your teeth from bruxism (grinding and clenching).

Reasons for a CPAP Alternative
An oral appliance is a preferable alternative to a CPAP machine for a number of reasons. A CPAP appliance requires you to wear a strange mask over your face while you sleep, which can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Wearing an oral appliance for sleep apnea is similar to wearing a retainer in your mouth after orthodontic treatment. It’s easier to get used to, compared to CPAP.

Get Better Sleep
If you have symptoms that show you may be struggling with sleep apnea, a dentist can help. Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier are a team of dentists who can help you “breathe easy again.” Get diagnosed and treated at their Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, by calling (913) 451-2929.

By S & G Family Dentistry
November 29, 2017
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: snoring  

Find out why those nights of snoring could be affecting your health.snoring

While sitcoms certainly make snoring partners seem like a hilarity, this problem is certainly not as funny as it might seem. Sure, we know it’s definitely not fun for the offender’s sleep partner but snoring is actually really an unhealthy habit to have. “Why?” you might be wondering. Our Leawood, KS, dentists Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier are here to tell you.

If you snore loudly or persistently then you will want to read on to find out why this could cause serious issues for your health. Snoring happens when there is an obstruction that affects the amount of air that goes through the nose and mouth. There are many reasons this problem might happen and it’s important that you get the issue evaluated right away by a medical professional.

What health problems are linked to snoring?

If you snore regularly then you may also be at high risk for certain health issues such as:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (the majority of those with this sleep disorder are also snorers)
  • Poor sleep quality
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Obesity
  • Extreme fatigue

As you can see it’s important that you don’t just ignore your nighttime snoring. It could truly cause serious ramifications for your health.

How can a dentist help?

You may be curious to know how our Leawood, KS, general dentist could provide you with the treatment you need to stop snoring. Whether you are suffering from sleep apnea or not, we may be able to eliminate snoring and help you sleep better by providing you with a custom oral appliance.

Oral appliance therapy looks similar to a mouthguard and will fit over your teeth to keep the airways open while you sleep. There are a couple different ways this oral appliance can work. It might work by suppressing the tongue and preventing it from obstructing the throat or the appliance may reposition the jaws to prevent the tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing. If you snore or if you have minor-to-moderate sleep apnea, then it’s time to talk to us about whether oral appliance therapy is the best approach for tackling your symptoms.

If you are dealing with obstructive sleep apnea then it might be time you turned to one of our dentists to find out if oral appliance therapy is the right approach to getting a better night’s rest. Call Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, today.