Dental Sleep Kansas City


Dr. Caye has studied sleep apnea extensively to attain Diplomat status with the AADSM and the practice’s sole focus is to help the Kansas City community sleep comfortably.

We utilize state-of-the-art digital impression technology (CEREC) that takes pictures of your teeth increasing accuracy and reducing the gag reflex found with traditional impressions.

While using the highest quality lab materials, our fees are below the regional average and we accept most medical insurance plans including Medicare



Often the first signs of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are recognized not by the patient, but by the bed partner. Many of those affected have no sleep complaints. While 80% of sleep apnea cases are undiagnosed, the most common symptoms of OSA in adults include:

  • Snoring and/or teeth grinding
  • Frequent headaches
  • Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Restlessness during sleep
  • Dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening

Dental Sleep Center of Kansas City


What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts throughout the night. Estimates show that around 20% of US adults suffer from sleep apnea and that 80% of cases are undiagnosed. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, you might have sleep apnea.

What causes obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the muscles and tissues in the back of your throat relax and collapse your airway while you sleep. As air attempts to pass through this collapsed airway, tissues vibrate and cause snoring. Sometimes this collapse prohibits airflow so severely that you briefly stop breathing, causing the diaphragm and chest muscles to work harder as the pressure increases to open the airway. Breathing usually resumes with a loud gasp or body jerk. This pattern of air deprivation and breath resumption is known as sleep apnea.

What are my non-surgical treatment options?

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines alleviate OSA by forcing air through the mouth or nose to inflate the upper airway to prevent the muscles and tissues in the throat from collapsing. CPAP is the gold standard therapy for some; however, patient data shows that less than 50% of patients that try a CPAP can tolerate the machine for at least 4 hours per night.

As personally experienced by Dr. Caye, CPAP machines can disturb falling and staying asleep due to the sensation of choking, Closter phobia, excess noise, or discomfort from wearing a tight mask.

What are the effects of OSA if left untreated?

  • High blood pressure and enlargement of the heart
  • Congestive heart failure and irregular heartbeat
  • Diabetes and weight gain
  • Stroke and memory loss
  • Depression and moodiness
  • Motor vehicle & work-related accidents


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There is an alternative to CPAP

Advantages of using a Mandibular Advancement Device

The only non-surgical, FDA-cleared alternative to the CPAP machine to treat obstructive sleep apnea is wearing a custom-fit mouthpiece. The adjustable mouthpiece, also known as a Mandibular Advancement Device, works by stabilizing and advancing the lower jaw.

The advanced jaw position helps to prevent the collapse of the muscles in the tongue & throat, close the mouth, and keep the upper airway open while sleeping.

The appliance consists of an upper and lower tray, resembling a clear orthodontic retainer, that are connected by an elastic band or an adjustable metal hook.

Mandibular Advancement Devices have been proven to be effective as a first-line option for patients with mild to moderate OSA or any patient that is intolerant of the CPAP machine.

Clinically proven to be just as effective as CPAP
No masks or hoses leads to increased patient comfort and compliance
The smaller size, minimal parts, and no need for electricity make it easier to take along when traveling