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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.