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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 S & G Family Dentistry
December 30, 2019
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: cpap  

If CPAP therapy isn’t controlling your sleep apnea symptoms, we are here to help.

Sleep is one of the most important things you can do to maintain good health and wellbeing. If you are dealing with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which affects millions of Americans, it is important that you see a doctor right away. For those who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, our Leawood, KS, dentists Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier may be able to help.

How Our Dentists Treat Sleep Apnea

When people find out that they have obstructive sleep apnea they may hear that CPAP is one of the most common ways to treat this sleep disorder; however, it isn’t the only option. Our Leawood, KS, sleep apnea dentists have helped many patients manage their sleep apnea symptoms with oral appliance therapy.

An oral appliance is a plastic custom-made device that is similar to a mouthguard or retainer that covers the upper and lower teeth. It holds the mouth in a certain position, keeping the jaws slightly forward to keep the airways open, prevent snoring and to make sure the patient is able to breathe normally throughout the night.

The Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy

There are over 100 different types of oral appliances that are used to treat sleep apnea. You will need to come into our office for a consultation so we can determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate for oral appliance therapy. This device isn’t right for everyone and is most often used to treat more minor cases. Those with more severe cases may not be ideal candidates for treatment.

One of the major benefits of oral appliance therapy is that it’s extremely comfortable and convenient. All you have to do is put in your oral device every night before bedtime. It’s easy to wear and care for, very portable (particularly compared to CPAP equipment) and fits into your lifestyle. While oral appliance therapy is used to treat obstructive sleep apnea it can also treat snoring that isn’t caused by a sleep disorder. If you are committed to wearing your oral appliance every night you will notice dramatic relief from your symptoms within a few days.

You owe it to yourself and your bed partner to get better sleep. If you are ready to learn more about getting oral appliance therapy in Leawood, KS, and whether it’s right for you then call Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment today at (913) 451-2929 to schedule an evaluation.

By S & G Family Dentistry
May 25, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea   cpap  

Find out other ways to treat your sleep apnea symptoms without CPAP therapy.sleep apnea

When it comes to treating sleep apnea, most people are offered CPAP therapy. In order for CPAP to be effective, you must wear a mask over your nose and mouth while you sleep. This allows the airways to remain open; however, this equipment can sometimes be a hassle. It may make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep because it’s too noisy or awkward. This is why our Leawood, KS, dentists, Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier, offer an easier and more convenient option.

What is oral appliance therapy?

Just like CPAP is designed to prevent the airways from collapsing while you sleep, this customized oral device is also supposed to provide the same benefit just in a different and more convenient way. This device is tailor-made for you and will fit over your teeth much like a regular nightguard. The only difference is that the device will either hold the tongue in place or move the jaws slightly forward to prevent the airways from collapsing or being obstructed. We will help you decide which kind of oral appliance treatment is right for you.

Who should consider oral appliance therapy?

While getting oral appliance therapy from our Leawood general dentist is fairly simple, it doesn’t mean that it’s ideal for everyone dealing with sleep apnea. It’s so important that if you believe you have sleep apnea that you get a proper diagnosis from a sleep specialist before you proceed. Sleep apnea should never be ignored, as it can increase your chances of certain long-term health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke.

Those who are dealing with more mild-to-moderate forms of sleep apnea will most often benefit from oral appliance therapy alone, while this device can also be used in conjunction with your CPAP equipment to provide a more effective treatment.

What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy?

As you may be able to imagine, not having to wear a bulky facemask over your face as you sleep is one of the major benefits of getting this sleep apnea device. Just being able to pop in a simple oral appliance makes it so much more convenient. Also, this device is extremely portable, which is awesome for someone who is often on the go or traveling. Only having to cart a small appliance around rather than large equipment is far easier to handle.

If you want to find out if oral appliance therapy will direct you on the path to better sleep, then call Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, today to learn more.