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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.

By S & G Family Dentistry
October 21, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

For millions of Americans, sleep apnea is a serious health condition. Not only can it impair your day-to-day living, you might be more susceptible to high blood pressure, heart disease or stroke.

Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing for short periods while asleep. When blood oxygen drops too low, your body automatically wakes you to take a breath. This can disrupt your sleep several times a night. Chronic symptoms like drowsiness, irritability or headaches during the day, or indications you're a loud snorer, are all possible signs of sleep apnea.

Fortunately, we can treat sleep apnea. One way is continuous airway pressure therapy (CPAP), a pump device that supplies pressurized air through a mask to keep the airway open during sleep. Although CPAP is effective, some people find it uncomfortable to use.

There's a more comfortable option for sleep apnea caused by mouth structures like the tongue or tonsils obstructing the airway. It involves a custom-fitted oral appliance worn while you sleep that moves these structures out of the way.

Such appliances come in two basic types. One type fits over the upper and lower teeth and uses tiny metal hinges to move the lower jaw and tongue forward away from the airway. The other fits around and presses the tongue down like a tongue depressor to move it forward.

Before starting treatment, we need to first find out if you actually have sleep apnea and what's causing it (some cases may be more acute and require advanced treatments like jaw surgery). We'll need to perform medical and oral exams and take a history, and we'll likely refer you to a sleep medicine specialist for further testing.

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, a custom-fitted appliance could be a good solution. We'll create and adjust it according to your particular mouth and jaw contours for maximum comfort. Besides the appliance, you might also lose excess weight, adjust your sleep position, seek treatment for allergies, and quit smoking. All these could help reduce sleep apnea.

In any event, your first step is to find out if you have sleep apnea. From there we'll help you find the right treatment to improve your overall health and well being.

If you would like more information on treatments for sleep apnea, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sleep Disorders & Dentistry.”

By S & G Family Dentistry
August 22, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

Sleep — you'll spend a third of your life in its blissful embrace. But it isn't a luxury: you need it as much as nutrition and exercise. An occasional bad night's sleep leaves you irritable and drowsy; a bad night's sleep every night could endanger your health.

One of the most common causes for chronic poor sleep is obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when the airway becomes blocked and you stop breathing temporarily. The blockage may be due to an oversized tongue, tonsils or uvula, an abnormal jaw or chin structure, or nasal polyps and congestion. When your brain notices you're not breathing, it rouses you just enough to relieve the blockage. These incidents can occur and end in seconds several times a night without you being aware of it.

This interrupts your normal sleep patterns, including the critical rapid eye movement (REM) of deep sleep that occurs at different times during the night. The results of not getting enough REM sleep are quite unhealthy: besides irritability and reduced concentration, poor REM sleep is linked to depression, headaches, decreased sex drive, acid reflux, high blood pressure or the onset of diabetes. Your night time experience — as well as your sleep partner's — won't be pleasant either as you may experience night time sweating and snoring.

Fortunately, sleep apnea can be treated. Our first considered treatment is a custom-fitted night guard you wear while you sleep that holds the tongue back from the airway. If your apnea is more severe, you may need to consider continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, which uses a machine to pump pressurized air through a mask you wear while sleeping to force the airway open. You might also benefit from surgery to remove excess soft tissue obstructing the airway.

If you or your family has noticed any of these symptoms mentioned, make an appointment to see us — we're trained to look for oral signs in the mouth that may indicate sleep apnea. The sooner we can implement a treatment strategy, the sooner you'll begin experiencing a good night's sleep and better health.

If you would like more information on sleep apnea and what to do about it, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sleep Disorders & Dentistry.”

By S & G Family Dentistry
April 08, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

If your sleeping partner snores, it could be more than an annoyance: it could be a sign of sleep apnea. This occurs when air flow into the lungs becomes obstructed in the throat for a few seconds during sleep. The obstruction can take many forms, but a common one arises from the tongue relaxing against the back of the throat, producing snoring sounds as air attempts to pass through this restricted area.

Sleep apnea can cause severe problems: lower daily energy levels and mood from poor sleep; lower oxygen saturation that could affect brain function; and increased risk for cardiovascular disease. So, if you’re awakened by your partner’s snoring (or they’re complaining about yours!), it’s important to have it checked and treated.

This begins with a visit to us for a complete oral examination. Like many dentists, we’re well trained in the anatomy and structures of the mouth, as well as the causes and treatment of sleep apnea. We’ll examine your mouth, take into account any possible symptoms you’re experiencing and, if your suspicions are correct, refer you to a sleep physician to diagnose if you have sleep apnea.

Treatment will depend on its cause and severity. An oral appliance worn during sleep is the recommended first treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea that involves the tongue as an obstruction. We develop a custom appliance that helps move your tongue away from the back of the throat, reducing both apnea and snoring sounds. For more advanced sleep apnea you could benefit from a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This device generates continuous air pressure through a mask worn while sleeping that helps keep the airway open.

Of course, there are other causes for obstruction, some of which may require surgical intervention to relieve the problem. Abnormally large tonsils, adenoids or excessive soft tissue can all restrict air flow. Surgically removing or altering these structures could help reduce airway restriction.

Whatever type or degree of sleep apnea you or your partner may have, there are solutions. The right treatment will not only improve overall health, it will help both of you get a better night’s sleep.

If you would like more information on sleep apnea and how to treat it, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “If You Snore, You Must Read More!

By Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
January 29, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

Sleep apnea is a common condition that occurs when the airway becomes obstructed during sleep. This obstruction causes interrupted, restless sleep, and can lead to more serious disorders such as hypertension, mood problems, and heart disease. Here at sleep apneaSnoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier can tell you how to tell if you may have sleep apnea:

1. Chronic Snoring.

Many Leawood people snore in their sleep, but excessive snoring may be cause for concern. You may not be aware of it, but your partner, parent, or other nearby loved one may be acutely aware of your snoring habits and may even be worried about it. Loud snoring is an indication that your airway is partially blocked. You may also notice that you wake up with a dry or scratchy throat in the morning.

2. Choking in Your Sleep.

Those with apnea experience prolonged periods of breathlessness in their sleep, often lasting ten seconds or more. When this happens, your body will gasp for air and it may wake you up with a choking sensation. Often these episodes may not be remembered in the morning, but if you can, try to record them at night to keep track of them.

3. Fatigue and Daytime Sleepiness.

If you can't seem to find energy during the day, it may be because you haven't had a restful night's sleep. You may believe you are going to bed early enough and getting a full eight hours, but if you are frequently woken from sleep apnea, your body never gets a chance to fully rest and recharge.

Other symptoms of sleep apnea include morning headaches, changes in mood or libido, and insomnia.

Luckily, there are treatment options available. Dr. Addy and Dr. Grosdidier of  Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS offer oral appliances which can reduce airway obstruction by moving the lower jaw and tongue forward to improve nighttime breathing. If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea, talk to your doctor to see which treatment options may be right for you.