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.

Daniel M. Winter D.D.S.
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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.  


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.