Sleep Apnea

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing stops and starts repeatedly throughout the night. If others have commented that you snore loudly at night, or if you notice that you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, you may have sleep apnea. It can be difficult to identify, but luckily there are several treatment options available. Read on for more details about the causes, symptoms, and possible remedies offered at our dentist’s office in Chicago.

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are two main types of sleep apnea: obstructive and central. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when throat muscles relax while you are unconscious. Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain neglects to send the right signals to your throat muscles, causing a lapse in breathing. Both types of sleep apnea can be very dangerous, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the symptoms for early detection.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

The signs and symptoms of both obstructive and central sleep apnea are very similar and easily misconstrued, making it a challenge to determine which type you have. On top of that, most relevant symptoms signs occur while the individual is asleep. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, you may want to allow a family member or friend to observe you while you sleep, as well as booking an appointment with your doctor. Getting a professional opinion from a dentist in Chicago and following through with recommendations is imperative.

The most common signs and symptoms include:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Loud snoring
  • Breathing that ceases while you sleep
  • Waking up abruptly with shortness of breath
  • Awakening with a sore throat or dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches in the morning

Treating Sleep Apnea

Fortunately, there are oral and dental devices that can help treat sleep apnea. At East Village Dental Centre, a dentist’s office in Chicago, we have many different treatment options available for you to choose from. Dr. Treinkman and his team of professionals will be able to recommend one that is a safe fit and fills your needs. Below we’ll discuss two of the popular remedies available at our office. Please note that both devices require regular dental visits as they will need to be adjusted over time. Both have high success rates with improvement in airflow, sleep patterns, and snoring.

Mandibular Advancement Device

A Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) looks similar to a sports mouth guard. It’s designed to snap over your upper and lower dental arches. The device is fitted with small metal hinges that can be adjusted to gently ease the lower jaw forward, helping to keep your airway clear while you sleep.

Tongue-Retaining Device 

In some cases, a tongue-retaining device will be recommended as part of sleep apnea treatment. This device, which also resembles a sports mouth guard, is designed to hold the tongue in a certain position. Keeping the tongue suppressed helps keep a clear airway open and control sleep apnea symptoms.

Visit Our Dentist in Chicago

If you think you might have sleep apnea, call East Village Dental Centre today and schedule an appointment. It is important to seek treatment to avoid any problems that could occur in the future because of sleep apnea. Please do not hesitate to call East Village Dental Centre today and schedule an appointment.

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