Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment in the Western Suburbs
Snoring, as simple it sounds, should not be neglected. It could be sign of an underlying sleep apnea problem, which should be treated and diagnosed. Smiles of Westmont offers free screenings and consultations for breathing related sleep problems.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when the tongue and soft palate collapse onto the back of the throat. This blocks the upper airway, causing air flow to stop. When the oxygen level drops low enough the brain moves out of deep sleep and the individual partially awakens. The airway then contracts and opens causing the obstruction in the throat to clear. The combination of low oxygen levels and fragmented sleep are the major contributors to most of the ill effects that the sleep apnea patient suffers. In addition to excessive daytime sleepiness, studies show that sleep apnea patients are much more likely to suffer from heart problems (heart attack, congestive heart failure and hypertension), strokes, as well as having a higher incidence of work related and driving related accidents.
An oral appliance is a custom fabricated and FDA approved treatment, consisting of a mouthpiece that is similar to an orthodontic retainer or a sports mouth guard. The appliance is worn at night over the teeth, and it functions to keep the airway from collapsing during sleep. Airway maintenance is achieved by comfortably repositioning the lower jaw and tongue forward or by restraining the tongue to keep the airway open.
The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine recommends oral sleep appliances as a first line treatment option for individuals with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea or for those who are unable to use CPAP successfully. FDA approved home sleep tests are available for your comfort and diagnosis. Contact us today to schedule your free screening and consultation.