sleep apnea & snoring dentist 
in Liberty, MO

what is
sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which your breathing stops and starts, over and over. If you’re still tired after a full night’s sleep, or if your roommate or partner tells you you snore loudly, you might be suffering from sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea:

The most common, this happens when throat muscles relax abnormally

Central sleep apnea:

This type of sleep apnea occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the breathing muscles

Complex sleep apnea syndrome:

This describes someone who has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea

factors that could increase
the risk on sleep apnea

  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • Use of alcohol, sedatives, or tranquilizers
  • Smoking
  • Nasal congestion
  • Medical conditions
  • Heart disorders
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure or heart problems

symptoms of sleep apnea

Signs of obstructive and central sleep apnea overlap. These include:


Loud snoring


Gasping for air during sleep


Awakening with a dry mouth


Morning headache


Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)


Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)


Difficulty paying attention while awake



oral health and
sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is characterized by short pauses in breathing during sleep; it might include snoring and choking in your sleep, making it a serious health condition.

Poor oral health could cause sleep apnea, as well as the other way around.

Dental problems such as temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), bruxism, or dry mouth can be caused by sleep apnea. Habits such as teeth grinding or breathing with your mouth open may lead to sleep apnea, as well as decreased dental health.

Dental symptoms of sleep apnea include:

Clenching/grinding teeth during sleep

Tightness and pain in joints around the month

Sore, raw spots from chewing the inside of your cheeks

Dull headaches at the temples

Not sure if your oral health is affected by sleep apnea, or the other way around? That’s what we’re here for. Give us a call at (816) 429-5799.

what can a dentist do about my sleep apnea?

At Jackson Family Dental, we’ll help you identify dental problems caused by sleep apnea, and recommend ways to alleviate those symptoms.

At our office, we offer Solea Laser Treatment for those struggling with snoring. This treatment uses a laser – a painless and non-invasive technology — to tighten collagen fibers in the soft palate, allowing patients with obstructive sleep apnea to breathe deeper and sleep better.

We will also guide you through behavior modifications that improve your sleep quality and dental health, such as orthodontic treatment to repair teeth misalignment, treatments for dry mouth, and/or a dental mouthpiece to reduce teeth grinding and clenching. Sleep apnea devices, snore guards, and snoring mouthpieces are available at our office, should our dentists decide your situation calls for one.

common questions
about snoring & oral health


How do you know when snoring becomes a problem?

Snoring can be normal. But when it’s loud, obnoxious, and raucous snoring, or it’s interrupted by pauses in breathing, it’s probably a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, which is a serious health concern. Excessive tiredness after a full night’s sleep can also hint at sleep apnea, as can high-blood pressure.


When should I see a dentist about my sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), or when breathing during sleep pauses for at least 10 seconds before picking up again, may be caused by large tonsils, excess tissue in the upper airway, or abnormal structure of the jaw and airway. Our dental specialists are trained in different sleep apnea treatments, such as special sleep apnea mouthguards that provide a larger airway, alleviating breath problems as you sleep.


What are the benefits of Solea Laser treatment for sleep apnea?

Here are just a few benefits of using our Solea Laser treatment:

  • It reduces or eliminates snoring
  • Patients experience better-quality sleep
  • It reduces sore throats and headaches
  • Patients enjoy increased daytime energy and better moods
  • Patients experience improvements in concentration, memory, and learning

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