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Daniel M. Winter D.D.S.
Dr. Winter was born and raised in Arvada, Colorado. He received his dental degree with honors from the University of Colorado. Dr. Winter completed a general practice residency at Charity Hospital of New Orleans in conjunction with Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. In 1989, Dr. Winter and his wife, Gretchen, established their home and general dental practice in Manhattan, KS. Their practice emphasizes general dental care for the entire family including a full range of dental treatment. They have two daughters, Maggie and Mollie. Dr. Winter has been awarded fellow status in the following: The American Association of Hospital Dentists, The Academy of General Dentistry and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Dr. Winter is a diplomat to the American Board of Forensic Odontology. Dr. Winter maintains active staff privileges at Mercy Regional Health Center. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Dental Sleep Medicine located in Manhattan, Kansas. A practice dedicated to the science of oral appliance therapy for sleep breathing disorders.

 
THE DOWNTOWN DENTAL GROUP
Daniel M. Winter D.D.S.
Phone (785) 776-0097


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Tuesday
Nov132012

Importance of a Proper Fitting Oral Appliance When Treating Sleep Apnea, With Dr. Dan Winter of Manhattan, Kansas

Dr. Dan Winter spends a lot of time doing research and training to provide the very best for his patients at the Downtown Dental Group and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine in Manhattan, Kansas.  Included in this is the proper selection of oral sleep appliances for his patients, as Dr. Winter says that not all appliances are created equal.  With over 100 oral sleep appliances available to dentists, which appliance he chooses is very important in what he does.

Depending on each patient's symptoms and condition, Dr. Winter will select an appliance that fits them, as there is not one universal appliance that's best suited for all.  Over the counter appliances are available but Dr. Winter cautions people about "getting what they pay for," and that "the use of over the counter appliances without a proper diagnosis can be dangerous."

The knowledge and expertise of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), its mechanics and the way it works, is critical to the proper selection of an oral sleep appliance, says Dr. Winter.  Again, he cautions against the use of an appliance without a proper exam and work up to evaluate a patient.  Dr. Winter says you can use an over the counter appliance to treat snoring but not obstructive sleep apnea, so a patient may get rid of the snoring but still have obstructive sleep apnea and not know it and that is a potentially "grave condition," says Dr. Winter.

"We increase the opportunity for success for our patients by selecting the correct appliance for the best outcome," Dr. Winter says.

The Downtown Dental Group and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine is in Manhattan, Salina and Topeka Kansas. Dr. Winter is also a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV.  

 

Tuesday
Nov132012

How a Patient Can Initiate Treatment at Dr. Dan Winter's Downtown Dental Group Practice in Topeka, Kansas

A patient can initiate treatment from their physician or from hearing about oral sleep appliances from friends and family when wanting to make an appointment at the Downtown Dental Group and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine in Topeka, Kansas.  Once a patient decides to look into oral sleep appliances, Dr. Winter encourages them to discuss it with their physician and after doing so, he is happy to make an initial appointment for them.  Additionally, if a patient has a question for their dentist, they can ask their dentist who can also send them over for a referral to Dr. Winter.

If the patient has sleep disorder breathing or obstructive sleep apnea that is not primary snoring, then the patient does need to go thru their physician for a referral to Dr. Winter's practice, as this is primarily a medical issue.  If the patient just snores, Dr. Winter can provide care without the necessity of seeing a physician.

The Downtown Dental Group and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine is in Manhattan, Salina and Topeka Kansas. Dr. Winter is also a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV.  

Tuesday
Nov132012

Snoring and Sleep Apnea, with Dr. Dan Winter of Salina, Kansas

Snoring is usually one of the initial clinical presentations for sleep disorder breathing, like obstructive sleep apnea, with research showing a continuum between snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, says Dr. Dan Winter, dentist in Salina, Kansas.  If someone snores continually and it goes untreated, there is the potential for an obstructive sleep apnea condition to arise, he adds.

Dr. Winter says it is important to treat snoring as a definitive entry.  A lot of times with oral sleep appliances, he's able to treat the snoring for his patients but doesn't always eliminate all of the snoring, as a totally silent patient is difficult to achieve.  

Snoring is an entry point for a lot of patients into his practice, the Downtown Dental Group and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine.  Dr. Winter says that these patients will come in with a complaint of snoring not realizing they have other sleep disorder breathing.

As far as insurance reimbursement for oral sleep appliances, Dr. Winter says that a diagnosis of snoring is not enough but rather sleep disorder breathing, so it is important for patients to have a lab study done for a proper diagnosis.

The Downtown Dental Group and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine is in Manhattan, Salina and Topeka Kansas. Dr. Winter is also a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV.  

Tuesday
Nov132012

Sleep Disorder Breathing As a Huge Health Issue, with Dr. Dan Winter of Manhattan, Kansas

Research has shown that there are huge health ramifications with a disturbed sleep cycle, according to Dr. Dan Winter of the Downtown Dental Group and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine, in Manhattan, Kansas.  He says that about 24% of middle-aged men and about 9% of middle-aged women will be affected by sleep disorder breathing.

With about 25% of Americans at risk for sleep disorder breathing, one of the major factors of sleep disorder breathing is an increase in BMI and increased weight.  75% of sleep disorder breathing patients have a higher incidence of hypertension, men especially have an increased risk of stroke and about 11% of post-menopausal women suffer from sleep disorder breathing.  "This is a large health issue that deserves the attention it gets," says Dr. Winter.

Sleep disorder breathing doesn't only affect adults, as about 25% of children with ADHD are suffering from a sleep issue and don't need to be on ADHD medications.  "The spectrum is community-wide from children to mature adults and it all needs to be evaluated to see how it affects their health overall," says Dr. Winter.

The Downtown Dental Group and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine is in Manhattan, Salina and Topeka Kansas. Dr. Winter is also a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV.  

 

Monday
Aug132012

Types of Sleep Disorder Breathing, Featuring Dr. Daniel Winter of Topeka and Salina, Kansas

There are three types of sleep disorder breathing, according to Dr. Daniel Winter, of the Downtown Dental Group and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine in Manhattan, Topeka and Salina, Kansas.  There is snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome and osbstructive sleep apnea. 

Sleep apnea, by definition, is when a person stops breathing for a minimum of ten seconds at a time.  When this happens over and over again all night long, your body is deprived of oxygen and this can result in a lot of extreme health consequences, says Dr. Winter.

A patient can have obstructions behind the tongue, soft palate or both.  Dr. Winter finds that if he only treats the obstructions behind the tongue, he has a lower success rate, so ENT's will be called upon for further help.

Dr. Winter says there are health consequences from sleep disorder breathing that fall into 2 areas, one of which is not getting a restful night's sleep.  As our bodies go cycle through many different stages of sleep at night, stages 3-4 and REM sleep are when our bodies rejuvenate.  If there is an obstruction, it will stop the sequence into deeper levels of sleep.  This results in daytime tiredness, morning headaches and morning "fog."

The other health consequence from sleep disorder breathing is snoring and a higher incidence of co-morbidity factors, such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, gastro-reflux disease, to name a few, Winter says.

The Downtown Dental Group and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine is in Manhattan, Salina and Topeka Kansas. Dr. Winter is also a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV.