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By Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
August 10, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Do people complain about your constant snoring? You may have sleep apnea and not even realize it.

Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier of Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center can diagnose and treat your sleep disorder in Leawood, KS.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is often accompanied by snoring. While you sleep, you are disrupted when your airflow is blocked and you may snore or get startled awake. This can happen many times per night and prevent you from getting a restful night’s sleep.

Most people don’t notice their nighttime symptoms but experience excessive sleepiness during the day or fall asleep throughout the day. Sleep apnea can cause other serious health issues and puts you at a higher risk for accidents.

There are different types of sleep apnea that depend on the reason for the restricted airflow. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the upper airway is blocked either partially or completely during sleep. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe even though the airway isn’t blocked. Mixed sleep apnea is a combination of the two types.

If you have obstructive or mixed sleep apnea, you could benefit from a mandibular repositioning appliance to help manage your sleep disorder in Leawood, KS. This oral appliance is an alternative to the traditional CPAP treatment. The oral appliance keeps the lower jaw in a protruded position, so the airway is opened by pulling your tongue forward. It also holds the lower jaw in a stable position.

Mandibular repositioning appliances are smaller and more convenient than the bulky CPAP, so ask your dentists about oral appliances.

To learn more about oral appliances and sleep disorders in Leawood, KS, contact Dr. Addy and Dr. Grosdidier of Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center. Call (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.

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.