If you’re one of the many people living with chronic sleep apnea, then you already know how disruptive, and, frankly, annoying it can be. Our Tinley Park sleep apnea dentists are here to help you take control of this condition, and conquer sleep apnea issues.
There are a few common symptoms of sleep apnea that can help you know that it’s time to reach out for treatment. First and foremost, sleep apnea sufferers are prone to loud snoring. This occurs because the patient is trying to force air over the oral tissue that is obstructing his or her airway. Many times, people actually first seek treatment for sleep apnea because their partners just can’t stand the snoring anymore!
Additionally, sleep apnea can lead to daytime and fatigue, and concentration problems, since breathing interruptions disrupt the natural sleep cycle. You may also notice that you experience headaches upon waking or right before falling asleep. Sleep apnea sufferers may also deal with bruxism and chronic dry mouth.
The traditional treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is the CPAP machine. CPAP forces a continuous supply of oxygen thorough the patient’s airway. However, in order to use the CPAP, the patient must wear a face mask all night. Many people find that this is uncomfortable, and inconvenient.
So, our dental team offers an alternative to CPAP, by using custom oral appliances to address sleep apnea breathing problems. All you have to do is wear your mouth guard at night; it helps to move your lower jaw into a better a position, so that your airway can stay open. In general, this type of oral appliance is better tolerated, and thus more effective, than standard CPAP machines.
Too many people avoid seeking treatment for sleep apnea, because they just don’t want to deal with wearing a CPAP every night. Our Orland Park sleep apnea dentists are here to help you get the treatment you need in the most convenient and comfortable way possible.
The best way to get started is to call our dental team and schedule a personal consultation. The sooner that you take steps to treat sleep apnea, the better your long-term prognosis, so don’t wait! We look forward to speaking with you.