Are you tired of sleeping alone? Do your loved ones rely on closed doors and earplugs to help them rest peacefully through the night? If you are losing sleep because of your snoring, or if you are keeping your loved ones up at night with choking and gasping sounds, you may have sleep apnea.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a potentially debilitating condition characterized by shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles supporting the soft palate relax, allowing the airway to narrow and close as you breathe in. It causes sufferers to snore loudly, choke, and gasp during sleep, leaving them (and those closest to them) feeling exhausted during the day. Conditions that have been linked to sleep apnea include high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and impaired concentration. Though it has the potential to be debilitating, at Hamilton Lakes Dentistry, Itasca dentist Kathy L. French, DDS, FAGD, has effective treatments that will put an end to your lonely nights and weary days.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Along with complaints from those closest to you, the following are sleep apnea symptoms to be aware of:
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Waking frequently with the need to urinate
- Feeling fatigued throughout the day
- Weight gain
- Attention problems
- Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Morning headaches
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
At our Itasca, IL dental office, Kathy L. French, DDS, FAGD, addresses sleep apnea symptoms and snoring with a removable, oral sleep apnea appliance (similar to a mouthpiece) that stabilizes the tongue and repositions the jaw. This allows for normal mouth opening and closing, as well as normal airflow, giving you immediate relief from sleep apnea symptoms. Though the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device is the gold standard for treating mild to severe sleep apnea, our treatment is far less invasive and is ideal for patients who can’t tolerate the CPAP or who suffer from mild sleep apnea. Oral appliances are easy to use and require little to no change in your lifestyle.
Approximately six years ago, Bill Nagle was officially diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. His wife, Patricia, told him, “Bill, please go and see Dr. Kathy French about an oral sleep appliance!” By then, both of them hated Bill’s CPAP machine. While CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is the industry accepted treatment of sleep apnea, Bill complained that he never had a full night’s sleep. He could not get comfortable and air was leaking out of his mask, “Not to mention the noise of the machine!” “Traveling with the CPAP machine was a pain because airport authorities would pull me aside to check it.” Dr. French provided an oral appliance that is comfortable and packs easily for trips. Bill said he feels peppier and refreshed throughout the day. He stated that he is always tempted to call Dr. French to tell her “this is the greatest thing in the world!” “I like Dr. French; she really cares and goes the extra mile to take care of her patients.”