Daniel M. Winter D.D.S.
Oral sleep appliances have been the treatment of choice for many of Dr. Winter's patients. For children and young adults especially, it is much nicer and easier to wear an oral sleep appliance instead of a CPAP (constant positive airway pressure) device.
Dr. Dan Winter, of The Downtown Dental Group and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine in Manhattan, Selina and Topeka, Kansas, says that a CPAP device is still the gold standard for treating sleep apnea and as the objective analysis shows a better result, physicians like them so much. However, they won't do a patient any good if they're "sitting in a closet," he adds.
Before the CPAP device, physicians would perform a tracheostomy to bypass the obstruction that led to poor breathing. As CPAP's took off, they started doing well, Dr. Winter says, but only if they were well-tolerated. If they're not well-tolerated and patients have a mild to moderate case of sleep apnea, the better choice is an oral sleep appliance.
Dr. Winter's practice is close to Fort Riley and he has seen his practice grow as a result. By fitting soldiers with an oral sleep appliance, it has become much easier for them to comply as opposed to using a CPAP device out in the field.
Dr. Dan Winter's practice, The Downtown Dental Group and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine, is in Manhattan, Topeka and Salina, Kansas. Dr. Winter is also a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV.
It is not uncommon for a spouse of one of Dr. Winter's sleep apnea patients to rate their bed partner's snoring a 12, on a scale of 1 to 10. These spouses often cannot even sleep in the same room because they can't tolerate a restful night's sleep with somebody snoring so loudly.
Dr. Dan Winter, of the Downtown Dental Group and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine in Manhattan, Topeka, and Selina, Kansas says that the most gratifying part of practicing sleep medicine breathing is the response he gets from his patients. Patients will get fitted for an oral appliance to eliminate the snoring or at least get it way down. All of sudden, spouses are sleeping in the same room again. When you have a more open airway using an oral sleep appliance, you get a more restful sleep. Dr. Winter says that patients come in with more energy and they're more active, instead of falling asleep on the couch every day.
Dr. Winter says that in addition to the improved breathing, the medical aspect is also very gratifying. He has had patients who are hypertensive cut their medications in half. Also, in the pediatric population, there is a relationship between children with large tonsils and obstructed airways leading to behavioral problems, where oral sleep appliances have helped as well.
The number of satisfied patients are too numerous to count, Dr. Winter says. On many different fronts, his patients are happy and their bed partners are some of the happiest people as a result of oral sleep appliance therapy for sleep apnea.
The Downtown Dental Group and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine is in Manhattan, Salina and Topeka, Kansas. Dr. Daniel Winter is also a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV.
Dr. Dan Winter, of the Downtown Dental Group and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine in Topeka, Selina and Manhattan, Kansas achieved board certification status while becoming knowledgable in the field of sleep medicine breathing. He has received double board certification status, from both the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines and at this point, is the only dentist who is double board certified in the state of Kansas.
Dr. Winter says that there are some health professionals that are somewhat reserved as to whether or not the dental community is in the position to treat some of these medical conditions because obstructive sleep apnea is a medical condition that needs to be diagnosed and ultimately treated by a physician. However, in the medical community, board certification signifies that the person treating the patient has accomplished a level of expertise within the field and that is important to our medical colleagues, Dr. Winter says. He notes that double board certification is critical to his relationship with medical colleagues.
The Downtown Dental Group and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine is in Topeka, Salina and Manhattan, Kansas. Dr. Daniel Winter is also a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV.