We Are Your Trusted Sleep Doctor
Sleep Apnea Solutions aims to improve patients’ health and quality of life through sleep medicine. Sleep medicine is an area of practice that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-disordered breathing, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
We work together with sleep providers such as physicians and Nurse Practitioners to identify the best treatment for each patient. We believe that every patient deserves the right to evidence-based, customized care. We can work with patients who must follow strict DOT guidelines as well as Medicare patients. Sleep Apnea Solutions also offers oral appliances for snoring, without a prescription! Cone Beam CT is available as well.
Here is our solutions to your problem
Does your partner constantly complain that your snoring keeps them awake? Maybe they’ve even taken the drastic step of sleeping in another room. Unfortunately, one partner’s snoring can have far-reaching effects on a romantic relationship.
Waking up tired after a full night’s sleep is truly exhausting in every sense of the word. Patients may become even more frustrated when they follow typical sleep hygiene recommendations and see no improvement whatsoever.
If you are a sleep apnea patient who is ready to throw in the towel on your continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, you are not alone. Patients often find their way to our practice after trying – and giving up on – CPAP therapy. There is a better way.
Meet Our Team
Dr. Rachelle Brown is a jack of all trades. Once you meet her you will understand. Not only is she the owner of Sleep Apnea Solutions but she works with other organizations providing comprehensive care all over Kansas and Missouri. Focusing on providing care for seniors in rehabilitation facilities both locally and in rural areas. Dr. Brown began in the field as a Dental
Assistant over 25 years ago. Working her way from the bottom to the top she has assisted, managed, and consulted practices all over the US. Although she has a love for everything her passion has been explicitly focused on sleep apnea treatment for the last 5 years. Sleep Apnea Solutions has helped thousands of patients dedicate themselves to a higher quality of life!
Born and raised in southern Alberta Canada, Dr. Brown has one energetic and dangerously handsome little boy. Hudson is a spitting image of his mother and you will often see him around the office with his "drawing of the week" tight in hand. He is just as exciting and outgoing as his Mom! If you ever need to find either of them check Deanna Rose children's farmstead or the Zoo!
In her spare time, Dr. Brown enjoys motorsports both land and water, and absolutely anything to do with horses! If she is not riding a horse or loving on her spoiled cat, Tupac, you may find her out and about on her 2 wheel toys."
Ashlea has over twenty years of experience in the medical and dental fields. Ashlea thrives on problem-solving and handles all of the tough insurance issues. Patient representation is her passion. In her spare time, Ashlea enjoys spending time with her teenage son and family. She also enjoys playing pool, bowling, and being outside when the weather is nice.
Nicole has been in the medical & dental field for over 27 years. Nicole has worked closely in every aspect of patient care with Dr. Rachelle Brown for over 10 years. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys anything outdoors. She has two beautiful children and two even more adorable grandchildren to keep her busy!
John has been in the medical/dental field since 2005. Dr. Rachelle Brown and John have worked side by side for the last six years, treating Sleep Apnea and serving senior communities all over Kansas and Missouri. In his spare time, John enjoys spending time with his fur babies, MMA fights, firearms, and most of all, he enjoys the good company of others.
Cynthia has been in the dental/medical field for 29 years. Cynthia's experience makes her a huge asset in delivering efficient experienced care to patients. Cynthia does not have any spare time outside of work because she has 2 beautiful twin girls that she loves more than life itself!
Carlee recently graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Organizational Management with minors in Communication and Leadership. Carlee exceeds at connecting with people, communicating, and understanding their concerns. In her spare time, Carlee enjoys watching Netflix with her cat, grabbing drinks with friends, or hanging out on her farm with her chickens.
Snoring frequently accompanies sleep apnea but it is not always an indicator of whether this sleep condition is present. However, snoring can indicate that bulky throat tissue could potentially obstruct airways – especially if patients have certain lifestyle factors that contribute to sleep apnea. Fortunately, the treatment we offer for sleep apnea and snoring is the same. By prescribing a custom oral appliance, the diameter of the airway can be widened to prevent the sounds of snoring as well as episodes of apnea. These oral appliances are soft and comfortable to wear. They work by positioning the lower jaw slightly forward so that the airway is no longer obstructed.
Anyone of any age can have sleep apnea. Even though snoring can accompany sleep apnea, it is not always a symptom of this sleep disorder. For this reason, it is important to have a sleep study conducted to determine if apnea is occurring. Our practice provides take-home sleep study machinery to detect episodes of apnea during sleep. After usage, the device will be returned to our practice and we will analyze the data collected. If we find that sleep apnea is present or determine if snoring is obstructing one’s quality of life, we will provide treatment recommendations.
The exact cause of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is different for each person. Anyone can develop it, regardless of age or gender. The most common risk factors include:
- Being over age 40
- Having a large neck (over 17 inches in men, 16 inches for women)
- Being overweight – approximately half of OSA sufferers are overweight
- Being male – more men than women suffer from OSA
- Having a large tongue or small jaw
- Enlarged tonsils and adenoids (particularly in children)
- Using alcohol or sedatives which relax the muscles in the airway
- Nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum or sinus and allergy problems
While CPAP is very effective in treating sleep apnea, many people cannot tolerate the discomfort of the mask and the inconvenience and noise of the machine. Therefore a high percentage of users have difficulty or will not wear them.
An oral appliance is a popular alternative to the CPAP. This device is small, portable, fits more comfortably and can provide similar treatment benefits.