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Sleep Apnea Therapy – Kansas City, MO

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Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects millions of US adults. There are two forms of apnea, central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain is unable to trigger the body to inhale and exhale properly, and this form requires advanced treatment. The more common obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs, as the name suggests, when the airway is obstructed at night. If you believe you’re suffering from sleep apnea or are unable to achieve relief with CPAP therapy alone, we invite you to contact our Kansas City dental office to schedule a sleep apnea consultation.

Why Choose Michael C. Byars, DDS for Sleep Apnea Therapy?

  • Custom-Made Oral Appliances for Each Patient
  • Able to Stop Even Severe Snoring
  • More Comfortable Alternative to CPAP Therapy

How a Dentist Can Help You Sleep Better

The most common treatment option for OSA is continuous positive airway pressure therapy, known as CPAP. However, many patients find themselves to be CPAP intolerant and do not use this therapy consistently because they’re unable to adjust to the sounds and sensations. For these patients and those who travel frequently and need a more portable option, a custom oral appliance from Byars Dental may offer a better solution. These appliances shift the jaw forward, opening the throat, and prevent airway blockage during sleep.

Do You Have Sleep Apnea?

The only way to know for sure that you have sleep apnea is to undergo a sleep study. These tests can be completed in a sleep clinic or at home. In-office sleep studies are more sensitive and may more accurately capture your instances of apnea, a cessation of breathing that lasts for ten or more seconds. However, many patients struggle to get to sleep and stay asleep during these tests. At-home study systems are not as sensitive, but they may more accurately represent your condition. We recommend patients reach out to our office or a sleep doctor to schedule a sleep study if they notice any of the following indicators of sleep apnea:

  • Loud, chronic snoring
  • Waking up gasping for breath or wheezing
  • Excessive daytime exhaustion
  • Difficulty concentrating or memory loss
  • Changing in mood or behavior

It’s especially important that you contact a professional to schedule a sleep study if you are one of the many high-risk patients. Men are almost twice as likely to suffer from sleep apnea than women. Women with a neck circumference greater than 16 inches and men with a neck circumference of 17 inches are at a higher risk. Patients over the age of 50 are also more likely to experience sleep apnea.

Why Should I Visit a Dentist for Sleep Apnea Therapy?

Dentists have years of advanced training and experience understanding the way the oral and facial structures work together. This makes dentists ideal practitioners to help patients who have airway problems. Dentists can custom craft oral appliances for sleep apnea sufferers. These shift the jaw forward to keep the airway open and clear.