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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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Daniel M. Winter D.D.S.
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Entries in sleep apnea (6)

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.

 

 

 

Wednesday
Aug082012

Success with Sleep Apnea, Featuring Dr. Dan Winter of the Downtown Dental Group and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine in Topeka and Manhattan, Kansas

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.

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.