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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!