Pro Dental Care
General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry
located in South Elgin, IL & Sleepy Hollow, IL
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that can rob you of the rest you need to thrive. At Pro Dental Care in South Elgin and Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, Dr. Rick Brar and Dr. Keith Bram offer treatments that can help improve your sleep and your overall health and wellness. If you’re ready to find answers and solutions, book a visit today. Online scheduling allows you to set up an appointment any time of day or night, or you can call the office to check appointment availability.
Sleep Apnea Q & A
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by interruptions in breathing that occur throughout the night. Some men and women with sleep apnea stop breathing hundreds of times each night. That not only disrupts your rest, it can also deprive your brain of oxygen.
Most cases of sleep apnea occur when the muscles located in the back of your throat relax as you sleep. That causes your airway to narrow, making your body work harder to get enough air to your lungs and into your blood. When your brain senses a breathing problem, it fires an alert. That response happens very quickly, but it’s enough to disrupt your sleep many times each night.
Left untreated, sleep apnea increases your risk of diabetes, depression, heart disease, hypertension, and stroke. Unfortunately, many people live with sleep apnea for many years before they receive an accurate diagnosis.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
If you routinely experience a combination of the following, you may have sleep apnea.
- Loud snoring
- Waking on occasion with gasping or choking
- Persistent daytime sleepiness
- Headaches in the morning
- Waking with a dry or sore throat
- Mood changes
- Reduced sex drive
- Frequent waking during the night
Sleep is an integral part of a healthy life, so seek care for any changes that disrupt your ability to get adequate rest on a routine basis.
How can my dentist treat sleep apnea?
At Pro Dental Care you’ll find dentists with advanced training in sleep apnea and familiarity with the latest treatment technology. One of the most powerful ways to treat this condition is to alter the position of your jaw during sleep.
A specialized sleep appliance created to fit the unique contours of your face can deliver the changes in jaw orientation needed to improve your breathing as you sleep. The device works by gently supporting your jaw in a forward position during the night, which keeps your upper airway open.
Many men and women who try a custom sleep appliance are amazed at how such a small change can yield such impressive results. Sleep appliances can even stop snoring, an outcome your sleep partner is likely to appreciate!
If you’d like to learn more about how a sleep appliance works and whether this or other treatment options might be right for you, schedule an appointment today. You can book your sleep apnea consultation online or by phone.