Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Solutions For It

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Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder defined by breathing that consistently stops and starts. Symptoms of this potentially serious problem include loud snoring, and feeling tired even after a full night’s sleep. Thankfully, Smile On Dental & Sleep Apnea Center offers proven dental sleep solutions near Chicago for sleep apnea sufferers. 

Types Of Sleep Apnea

Central Sleep Apnea

Central sleep apnea is the product of a sleeping person’s brain not sending the right signals to the muscles that control breathing

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

This is the most common form of sleep apnea, in which a person’s throat muscles relax to the point where loud snoring and “intermittent” breathing occurs

Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome

The word “complex” is used here because this particular syndrome relates to a person who has central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. This disorder is also known as “treatment-emergent central sleep apnea”. 

Sleep Apnea Symptoms & Risk Factors

There are several symptoms associated with sleep apnea, and most of them are associated with all three types of the disorder. These symptoms include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Morning headache
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Inability to focus while awake
  • Breathing stops/starts during sleep (confirmed by partner)

Additionally, there are several risk factors to be aware of which can make sleep apnea more likely to affect a person. Risk factors such as:

  • Smoking
  • Overweight
  • Nasal congestion (either from allergies or an anatomical issue, like a deviated septum)
  • Aging
  • Being male
  • Family history
  • Narrowed airway (due to tonsils or adenoids)

Solutions

In terms of solutions, look no further than our local dentist serving Deerfield, which offers more than one dental appliance for sleep apnea treatment. In fact, we offer three different solutions: a Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP), Somno Dent Oral Appliance, and Narval – Mandibular Repositioning Device. 

Despite their different names and particularities, all three share some common traits. They’re each custom-made, adjustable, and worn during sleep. Also, these devices focus on realigning the lower jaw/jawbone, which in turn helps to stabilize and reposition the tongue and lower jaw. This allows the sleeper to draw in more air, leading to minimal/no sleep apnea and thus more restful sleep.  

An oral appliance also offers some advantages over a competing treatment form, such as CPAP therapy. For example, our oral appliances are:

  • Portable
  • Easy to care for
  • Easy to wear
  • Quiet
  • Comfortable

What Can You Expect From an Oral Appliance?

By adhering to the treatment plan implemented by our nearby dentist’s office, you can expect a big boost to your quality of sleep, and life. An oral appliance will help you achieve a good night’s sleep, a boon whose many benefits include renewed energy, a sharper mind, a better mood, and less irritability – not to mention a very happy partner who can once again enjoy a good night’s sleep. 

Address Your Sleep Apnea Concerns Today

The first step towards getting your very own mouth appliance for sleep apnea is to make an appointment with Smile On Dental & Sleep Apnea Center. Whether you live in Chicago, Deerfield, or another Chicago suburb, you’ll receive a professional diagnosis and soon be on your way to better sleep and improved overall health. 

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