Sleep apnea ... I'm so excited about this because I know I can help these patients. I know they're suffering. They're not diagnosed. Even in a medical community, 60% of the patients are undiagnosed. They are suffering every day, they are tired, they are fatigued, they can't focus, they’ve cognitive dysfunction, their medications are up to the maximum level, they are diabetic, they have high blood pressures, and we can help those patients. It is so satisfying to us when we see these people are not using as much medication as they were before. The dose of the medication has dramatically dropped down. They can sleep, they can dream, and they're not tired anymore. They love that kind of feeling, which they haven't had this feeling for many, many years. This is what we do in our office is sleep apnea. We screen patients regularly. We diagnose patients in cooperation with the physician, and we do the necessary treatment that's going to benefit the patient. This is one of the greatest services we have to improve the quality of life the patient is looking for.
When we treat the patients with sleep apnea, whether we say it's an oral plan or it's a CPAP or any other form which is done, they see the benefits very quickly. They know the first night they put it on it's not the same sleep they had before. Now they're sleeping a much longer time, their sleep is more in, what we call, REM sleep and they're having that kind of sleep which is very, very important. They tell us the first day when they put in the oral appliance, they felt like this—they felt less tired the next day, they were less fatigued, and they felt more relaxed, and this happens very quickly.
There are several reasons you might have occasional episodes of insomnia, from an uncomfortable mattress to difficulty disengaging from a stressful day. But if you rarely get a good night’s rest, you might have sleep apnea.
Fortunately, our South Elgin, IL dentists can help you get relief. They’ll do an exam, review your medical history, ask questions about your sleep habits, and perform a Mallampati test to measure the size of your airway. They can also work with a sleep doctor, if necessary. After you have been diagnosed, they’ll develop a custom sleep apnea treatment plan.
Treatment usually involves an oral appliance and/or a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. With sleep apnea treatment, you’ll:
- Get a restful night’s sleep
- Stop suffering from symptoms like dry mouth, sore throat, headaches, and irritability
- Be more alert and function better throughout the day
- Lessen the chances you’ll suffer from related problems such as high blood pressure
To schedule a sleep apnea consultation, call 630-883-0200.
Get Relief With Common Sleep Apnea Treatments: Oral Appliance & CPAP
Sleep apnea causes frequent pauses in breathing, which can make you feel fatigued the next day. Sleep apnea also has been linked to conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Depending on the severity of your condition and the type of sleep apnea you have, our dentists may recommend an oral appliance and/or a CPAP machine to relieve your symptoms. The appliance works by gently shifting your jaw into a position that keeps your airway open while you sleep. A CPAP machine works by blowing pressurized air through your airway so it won’t close.
While oral appliances work well for mild or moderate cases of sleep apnea, a CPAP machine may be a better choice if you have a more advanced case. Oral appliances are also good alternatives for people who can’t get used to wearing a CPAP machine, which includes a face mask.
Ready to get a better night’s rest? Call 630-883-0200 for your sleep apnea treatment consultation.