Sleep Apnea & Snoring Relief
Are you a snorer? If so, your snoring may have more consequences beyond just keeping your sleeping partner awake at night. Loud snoring is considered the most prominent warning sign for obstructive sleep apnea. Also referred to as OSA, sleep apnea is a serious sleep breathing disorder that can affect your quality of life as well as your overall health. For patients in the Chicago area who have sleep apnea or think they may suffer from the disorder or just want to correct their snoring, University Dental Professionals can provide relief that is much easier and convenient than the CPAP machine.
Snoring, sleep apnea and your airway
Snoring while asleep or experiencing sleep apnea classifies as airway disorders. Benign snoring is at one end of the spectrum—and is harmless. The sound you make when you snore is generated when air moves past tissues in your throat that have become loose or relaxed. This airflow produces vibration and, with it, sound.
Sleep apnea, however, is at the other end of the spectrum. Rather than just have tissue become loose or relaxed in the throat, a patient with sleep apnea often experiences the tissue impeding the airway, causing breathing to become labored or even completely interrupted. When breathing is cut off, your body and brain react as if you are choking to death, waking the brain and disrupting the sleep cycle.
Know the signs of sleep apnea
Each time a blockage of the airway occurs, a sleep apnea patient has their sleep cycle interrupted, thus depriving them of the restorative qualities that good sleep has to both the mind and the body. A person with a severe case of sleep apnea may experience these blockages hundreds of times per night. As a result, excessive fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea.
Other frequently reported symptoms of the disorder include:
- Restless sleep
- Cognitive decline
- Memory problems
- Difficulty focusing
- Clenching or grinding your teeth (also known as bruxism) while asleep
- Poor performance at work or school
Sleep apnea will not go away on its own!
If you do not receive diagnosis and treatment for a sleep breathing disorder from a qualified medical professional, then your problem only will magnify.
Over time, a patient with sleep apnea will become more at risk for many chronic and even life-threatening ailments, such as:
- Cardiac disease
- Cognitive decline
- High blood pressure and/or stroke
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
University Dental Professionals practices sleep apnea dentistry, a specialization of dental science that focuses on diagnosing and treating sleep apnea and other sleep breathing disorders by addressing the root of the problem—the airway issue.
Diagnosis of a sleep breathing disorder can be accomplished in any of the following ways:
- Airway evaluation – A simple, painless examination performed by your Hyde Park sleep apnea dentist that can detect any obstructions or potential blockages in the airway.
We also can use special technology to measure the airway to see exactly how restricted it may be.
- Home sleep study – Our patients are sent home with a portable sleep device, which is worn overnight. Once the device is returned, the results can be evaluated to determine if a sleep breathing disorder exists. These results allow us to derive the best treatment plan for you.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
University Dental Professionals prefers to use oral appliance therapy to treat snoring or other sleep breathing disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea. These oral appliances, which are custom-designed for each patient based on digital impressions of the mouth, keep the lower jaw in a forward position and help the airway remain open throughout sleep. Many anti-snoring and sleep apnea mouthpieces can be purchased over the counter in stories, but at University Dental Professionals, each of these oral appliances is custom made to maximize both effectiveness and comfort for every individual patient.
We use pharyngometry and rhinometry technology to diagnose the presence of any sleep breathing disorder. This technology measures the space of the airway, then using those dimensions to help construct the ideal oral appliance to maximize your airway and thus stop the blockages that cause sleep apnea and snoring to occur.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Hyde Park
To find relief for your snoring or sleep apnea, call the office of University Dental Professionals today at (773) 684-5702 to schedule a consultation.
University Dental Professionals serves patients in the Hyde Park area of Chicago.