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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.

 
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Entries in downtown dental group and center for dental sleep medicine (5)

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.  

Sunday
Aug122012

Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea, with Dr. Daniel Winter of Manhattan and Salina, Kansas

 

For those who are overweight, they are at a 90% higher risk of getting sleep apnea, according to Dr. Dan Winter of The Downtown Dental Group and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine in Manhattan, Selina and Topeka, Kansas.  Those include men with a neck size over 17 or waist size over 40 and women with a neck size over 16 or waist size over 36.  
In addition to this risk factor, post-menopausal women are at a higher risk due to the fact that they get more fat pads in the lateral sides of the pharynx.  Children with large adenoids are also at a higher risk, as well as those with a severe underbite, says Dr. Winter.
Dr. Winter says that sleep apnea needs to be diagnosed by a physician, not a dentist.  In his practice, patients need a current in-lab sleep study in order to be treated by him.  He notes that good physicians will recognize the signs and refer them for a sleep study and then dentists take it from there.
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.

 

Sunday
Aug122012

Oral Sleep Appliances as a Treatment Option for Many Patients, Featuring Dr. Dan Winter of The Downtown Dental Group and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine in Manhattan and Topeka, Kansas

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.

 

 

 

Monday
Aug062012

The Importance of Being Double Board-Certified in Sleep Medicine Breathing, Featuring Dr. Dan Winter of the Downtown Dental Group and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine in Manhattan and Salina, Kansas

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.

Wednesday
Aug012012

Sleep Dentistry, Featuring Dr. Daniel Winter of the Downtown Dental Group and the Center for Dental Sleep Medicine in Manhattan and Salina, Kansas

Ever since Dr. Daniel Winter was consulted on by a local pulmonologist for sleep apnea, it has been a real interest of his.  Dr. Winter, of the Downtown Dental Group in Manhattan, Selina and Topeka, Kansas, has a dental practice that is unique in its ability to medically and dentally co-manage patients.  It gives an opportunity for both doctors and dentists to work side by side in treating a patient's condition.

Sleep apnea is a new, exciting field in the area of medicine and after treating his first patient, Dr. Winter took it upon himself to learn more about the field of sleep medicine breathing with oral sleep appliance therapy.  After dental school, Dr. Winter spent two years in a hospital setting studying the medical-dental co-management of patients with physicians.  Having always been an area of interest, it's been a natural fit for him to enter this field.

Dr. Winter has taken numerous courses, making him board-certified with the two leading organizations in treating sleep medicine breathing and oral sleep appliance therapy.

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