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By Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
May 10, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Snoring Appliances  

How your dentists in Leawood, KS, can relieve snoring and sleep apnea

If you have been told you snore, it can be embarrassing. It can also be a sign of a potentially serious condition known as sleep apnea. The truth is, sleep apnea can take years off of your life. Fortunately, your dentist can treat sleep apnea by having you wear a simple dental appliance while you sleep.

Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier at Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, offer comprehensive treatment for snoring and sleep apnea. They are both Diplomates of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and the Snoring And Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center are accredited by the AADSM, the only office in Kansas.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea is a common problem affecting 18 to 20 million adults in this country. Sleep apnea is caused by the tissue at the back of your throat relaxing during the night. This tissue blocks your airway, causing oxygen loss to your vital organs, including your heart and brain.

This lack of oxygen can lead to:

  • A stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Memory problems
  • A shortened lifespan

For decades a CPAP was the only way to treat sleep apnea, but many people didn’t like the CPAP because it was bulky and uncomfortable to wear. Maintenance was difficult, and bacterial sinus infections were a common problem.

Now, there is another way, supplied by your dentist! It’s a simple dental appliance. There are two types:

  • A mandibular repositioning appliance holds your lower jaw in a forward position, keeping your airway open while you sleep.
  • A tongue retaining appliance, which holds your tongue forward, maintaining an open airway while you sleep.

These sleep apnea dental appliances offer important benefits, including:

  • Comfort, because they are custom made to fit your mouth
  • Portability, because they are small enough to fit in your pocket
  • Convenience, because you can easily take them anywhere
  • Hygienic, because you clean them by simple soaking

To read more detailed information about dental appliances to treat sleep apnea and snoring.

To find out more about how your dentist can relieve sleep apnea and snoring, call Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier of Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, at (913) 451-2929. Call now and sleep soundly again!

By Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
March 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral appliances   cpap  

Say goodbye to sleep apnea symptoms. Your dentist can help you rest easier.

Did you just find out that your snoring is caused by sleep apnea? Sleep apnea can be dangerous to your health if left untreated. Many patients turn to CPAP treatment to get their sleep apnea under control. If you’ve been told that you aren’t an ideal candidate for CPAP therapy, or if you’d like to find a more compact treatment option, then you may want to talk with our Leawood, KS, dentists Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier about oral appliance therapy.

What is oral appliance therapy?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the airways become blocked while sleeping. This is what causes pauses in breathing throughout the night. Oral appliance therapy, also known as a mandibular advancement device, is a retainer-like device that covers both the upper and lower teeth. This device moves the jaw slightly forward, which also repositions the tongue to prevent airway obstructions during the night.

What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy?

One of the biggest benefits is that our Leawood, KS, patients only have to wear a simple, comfortable oral device rather than the traditional CPAP mask over their nose and mouth while they sleep. The device is custom-made to fit your mouth so it’s incredibly comfortable. Plus, you only have to wear the device while you’re sleeping. It’s easy to use and portable, which is great if you have to travel a lot.

Should I make the switch to oral appliance therapy?

If you are currently a CPAP wearer and you’re wondering whether oral appliance therapy could help you, it’s time to talk with our Leawood, KS, sleep dentistry team. While oral appliance therapy can be beneficial for those with mild to moderate forms of obstructive sleep apnea, it isn’t right for everyone. In some cases, a combined treatment of CPAP and oral appliance therapy may be beneficial, particularly if you are dealing with a more severe or treatment-resistant form of OSA.

If you are dealing with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and CPAP therapy isn’t providing you with relief, you may be an ideal candidate for oral appliance therapy. Call the Leawood, KS, dental team at Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center at (913) 451-2929 to learn more about oral appliance therapy and whether it’s right for you.

By Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
March 08, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral appliances  

If you are suffering from sleep apnea, oral appliances from your Leawood dentist could help you finally get a good night's rest. There are many different kinds of oral appliances on the market today. To help you understand the differences the doctors at the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center want to introduce you to the most popular oral appliances available. Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier are experienced dentists who specialize in sleep apnea dental treatment. If you live in the Leawood, KS, area and want to solve your sleep apnea, visit the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center, today!

What are Oral Appliances?

Oral appliances are specially designed apparatus which shift the jaw forward to unblock the airway. It is this blockage that causes heavy snoring and prevents you from resting well. Oral appliances are custom made using high-quality material. Your Leawood dentist can provide the perfect oral appliance to fit your needs. In fact, oral appliances are proven to increase the sleep quality of 90% of people who use them. Modern oral appliances are comfortable to wear at night and they do not significantly hinder your ability to speak or drink. Ask Dr. Addy and Dr. Grosdidier if an oral appliance can help you sleep better!

Different Types of Oral Appliances

  • Herbst Advance- The Herbst Advance from SomnoDent is made from SMH BFlex technology. It also features an adjustable hinge which increases comfort for the patients who choose this device.
  • Klearway- This oral appliance is made from thermoacrylic material. It slightly pushes the lower jaw forward and keeps your mouth shut during the night. It fits comfortably in your mouth to reduce tooth discomfort.
  • The Narval- The Narval is crafted with lightweight, flexible material which is found to be more comfortable than hard plastic competitors.
  • SomnoDent Avant- This device is digitally designed for maximum comfort. It is the lightest appliance developed by SomnoDent today. It provides a full lip seal and maintains your ability to talk and drink normally.
  • TAP Device- The Thornton Adjustable Positioner Devices, TAP 3 and TAP 3 Elite, have helped 95% of patients dealing with sleep apnea. They are custom-made and fit firmly over the teeth.
  • SomnoDent SUAD- The SUAD from SomnoDent is one of the most durable appliances from this brand. It is designed to withstand nightly teeth grinding and is just as comfortable as other options.

There are many options for oral appliances so talk to your dentist at the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center to find the right fit for you. You can visit Dr. Grosdidier and Dr. Addy in Leawood, KS, or call their office at (913) 451-2929 to schedule an appointment, today!

By Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
November 20, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

A good night's sleep is a blessing, but if you're snoring, it disturbs you, your household, and your health. At the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, Dr. Nancy Addy, and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier are the sleep dentists to consult regarding your snoring. CPAP is not the only treatment option!.

What is sleep apnea?

It's a medical disorder in which the person snores loudly and stops breathing during the night. Besides extreme tiredness and mental fog, people with sleep apnea may experience:

  • Depression
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain

The Sleep Foundation says from two to nine percent of American adults have Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA. OSA happens when the tissues at the back of the throat cover the airway as you sleep. Central Sleep Apnea, or CSA, occurs when the respiratory system and the brain miscommunicate. A third disorder, Mixed Sleep Apnea, has features of both CSA and OSA.

How we can help you

If you or a family member have noticed symptoms of sleep apnea, speak to your family care physician. He or she may refer you to a sleep physician for testing and confirmation of your diagnosis.

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines help many people deal with sleep apnea. Worn every night, a facial mask sends a stream of air into the mouth and down the throat, keeping the airway open. This works well, and symptoms diminish significantly.

However, some people cannot tolerate CPAP due to its noise or even because of claustrophobia. So, oral appliance therapy from Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, is the better choice.

Both our dentists are Diplomates of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. They understand the pathophysiology of sleep apnea and the frustrations of its treatment.

At our Leawood snoring office, Dr. Addy or Dr. Grosdidier will discuss your symptoms and also do an oral examination. Your dentist may advise wearing a custom-fitted oral appliance to keep your airway patent and you snore-free.

Oral appliance therapy

There are two basic kinds of oral appliances. Both have metal and acrylic components and fit comfortably inside the mouth each time you go to sleep. The types include:

  • Tongue-retaining devices which keep the tongue from covering the throat
  • Mandibular advancement devices which put the lower jaw in a forward position, opening the airway and flattening the tongue

Dr. Addy or Dr. Grosdidier will help you decide on your best option and make the adjustments needed for comfort and performance.

Find out more

Snoring can be dangerous. So, learn more about why you snore and see Dr. Nancy Addy or Dr. Jarret Grosdidier about oral appliance therapy. Call us today for an informative consultation at Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS: (913) 451-2929.

By Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
September 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sleep apnea  

Is your sleep apnea making it difficult to get quality sleep? Our Leawood, KS, dentists can help.

Dealing with sleep apnea? Is snoring affecting your and your partner’s sleep? Whether you are dealing with chronic snoring caused by sleep apnea or not, it’s important to know that our Leawood, KS, sleep apnea dentists Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier can help you manage symptoms and finally rest easier.

Why would I see a dentist for sleep apnea?

Our dentists have received extensive training and education to be able to recognize structural abnormalities within the mouth that could increase someone’s risk for sleep apnea. Through a simple dental examination, our Leawood, KS, dentist can easily pinpoint issues with your upper airways that could lead to collapsing tissue in the back of the throat (common in those with obstructive sleep apnea).

This is just another reason why it’s so important to visit your dentist every six months for checkups. We don’t just detect oral issues, we can also recognize signs of other health problems, as well.

How can a dentist help me?

If you have been diagnosed with mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or you are simply a chronic snorer, our dental team can treat these nocturnal problems with oral appliance therapy. This requires our patients to wear a custom-made device that fits over their upper and lower teeth to reposition the jaws while they sleep to keep airways open.

While CPAP tends to be the “gold standard” when it comes to treating all forms of sleep apnea, if you are only dealing with mild symptoms or you can’t tolerate CPAP therapy, then your dentist may provide you with relief through this specialized oral appliance.

Oral appliance therapy can also be combined with CPAP for those who are still not getting relief through CPAP alone. This oral device must be worn every night while you are asleep. You should continue to wear the device every night, even once you notice an improvement in your symptoms.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, can provide you with sleep apnea oral appliance therapy, as well as full-service dentistry. To find out if oral appliance therapy can help you sleep better, schedule a consultation by calling (913) 451-2929.

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