Sleep Apnea Treatment

Dentist in Schaumburg, IL

One of the most common sleep disorders among adults is Sleep Apnea. More than 40 million adults suffer from this sleep breathing disorder. Sleep apnea occurs when the airways in your throat and mouth temporarily collapse during your sleep cycle. When these vital airways are restricted, your breathing cycle stops for up to 10 seconds or more. This may cause low levels of oxygen in your blood and also high blood pressure.

There are many symptoms of sleep apnea. Common symptoms include loud snoring, always tired, waking with headaches, restless sleep, and excessive sweating at night. Snoring is the most common symptom of sleep apnea that affects not only yourself but your spouse and children as well. Snoring can be prevented in many ways. Removing respiration impairing structures has been a surgical technique for many years. This treatment only shows moderate success rates. There is a more affordable and noninvasive solution which is a dentist-prescribed snore prevention device. This device usually positions the lower jaw forward to increase the airway space and reduced vibrations. The guards are also custom fit to each patient to fit comfortably to allow optimum breathing.

Diagnosing sleep apnea can be very easy and convenient with home sleeping tests. Most home sleep testing devices are covered by major medical insurance plans. The device is used so we can diagnose sleep disorders in an effective way. You can wear the device comfortably in your own bed at night, allowing you to be more comfortable and relaxed which gives a more accurate reading of your sleep habits. We use these readings to determine if you have sleep apnea and how severe it may be.

Sleep apnea can be scary, but we are here to help you get your sleep breathing back on track. Ask us about your symptoms to get one step closer to a more restful sleep.

Do you have sleep apnea?

Answer the following questions to find out if you are at risk for sleep apnea.

? Are you regularly unrefreshed, even after waking from a full night’s sleep?
? Do you fall asleep easily during waking hours at home or at work?
? Are you a loud, habitual snorer?
? Have you been observed choking, gasping or holding your breath during sleep?
? Do you often suffer from poor concentration or judgment, memory loss, irritability, and/or depression?
? Are you overweight, or do you have Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart Disease?

If you have two or more of these factors, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Contact us about your symptoms and we can discuss possible treatments that are best for you.