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Are you tired of getting interrupted sleep every night? Are you tired of having a sore throat when you wake up? Are you just tired of being tired all the time? You may suffer from sleep apnea. S&G Family Dentistry can help you find solutions for sleep apnea to help you get the rest you desperately need.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can cause you to stop breathing periodically throughout the night. There are two main forms of sleep apnea:


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  • Central Sleep Apnea – Central sleep apnea is caused by a problem in the part of the brain that regulates your breathing as you sleep. This is a serious condition that you need to address.
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea – Obstructive sleep apnea is when you stop breathing while you sleep due to a blockage in your airway, such as your tongue or tissues in your throat.

What causes sleep apnea?

There is not just one cause of sleep apnea. It can affect anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, or gender. Here are some of the risk factors associated with the development of sleep apnea symptoms.

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  • Overweight – Studies show that those who have excess body weight are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea. Conversely, people who do not get treated for sleep apnea are more likely to gain weight. Dieting and exercise can help reduce symptoms for many people.
  • Over Age 40 – Although sleep apnea affects people no matter their age, statistics clearly show a link between being over the age of 40 and developing obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Larger than Average Neck Size – A large neck means more soft tissue in your throat, which means more of a chance for that tissue to block your airway. A large neck size for a man is considered to be 17 inches and 16 inches for women.

There are other risk factors that the dentists at S&G Family Dentistry may go over with you as we plan your treatment.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Heavy snoring can be the most common symptom associated with obstructive sleep apnea, but often woman do not report heavy snoring. You may also experience extreme fatigue throughout the day and be easily irritated due to your lack of quality sleep. Headaches, high blood pressure or diabetes may be present as well. Our office will help identify your symptoms and develop a plan to help.

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Can S&G Family Dentistry diagnose my sleep apnea?

S&G Family Dentistry is accredited by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) to provide appropriate treatment, but it is not legal for our dentists to diagnosis your sleep apnea. The signs and symptoms of sleep apnea may be discussed at your next appointment. If you are experiencing any symptoms we may encourage you to try our home ALICE, home sleep screening equipment. With this screening tool we are able to educate you regarding your specific situation and work alongside your physician to provide treatment for your sleep apnea or snoring.

What are my dental treatment options?

We offer custom-made oral appliances that will open your airway, and minimize the risk of obstruction while you sleep. This is a great alternative for many people who cannot tolerate their CPAP machine, even those with moderate to severe sleep apnea. In hardly any time at all, you can experience a dramatic difference in your quality of sleep, as well as eliminate disruptive snoring for both you and your bed partner.


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Call our Leawood, KS office today at 913-945-1612 to schedule your appointment or request more information on sleep apnea or severe snoring. For information about our Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center, please visit http://www.kcsleepapneadentist.com/.

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