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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
June 24, 2019
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: sleep apnea  

Sleep ApneaMany people with sleep apnea don't realize they have a problem until someone notices that pauses in their breathing while they sleep. The muscles in the throat become relaxed, causing a momentary block in the airway. The most common symptom of sleep apnea is chronic loud snoring, and waking up choking or gasping for air. However despite the fact that the cycle can repeat itself dozens of times throughout the night, most people with sleep apnea wake up in the morning completely unaware that their sleep pattern was interrupted. In addition to disrupting your sleep, sleep apnea can also lead to a number of additional symptoms and potential health complications. Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret S. Grosdidier, dentists at the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center offer sleep apnea treatment in Leawood, KS.

Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment in Leawood, KS

There are two types of sleep apnea, which are obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form, and occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat momentarily relax during sleep and block the airway. Central sleep apnea is caused due to a problem with the signal's the brain sends to the muscles that control breathing.

The most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Momentary pauses in breathing while you sleep (observed by another person)
  • Choking or gasping for air while you sleep
  • Waking up with dry mouth
  • Waking up with a headache
  • Insomnia
  • Hypersomnia (feeling really sleepy during the day)
  • Trouble focusing and concentrating
  • Irritability

If left untreated, sleep apnea can also increase the risk of serious health complications like high blood pressure, heart trouble, and diabetes.

If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, there are several types of oral appliances available to help keep your airway open while you sleep.

Find a Dentist in Leawood, KS

For more information about diagnosis and treatment options for sleep apnea, contact the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center by calling (913) 451-2929 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Addy or Dr. Grosdidier.

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!