Sleep apnea is a chronic condition characterized by frequent breathing pauses throughout the night that prevent the afflicted from achieving restful, recuperative sleep. When left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to an array of other systemic health problems.
Although the most common way of treating sleep apnea is with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask, this treatment is not well-suited to every sleep apnea patient.
Today, general and cosmetic dentists with advanced training in neuromuscular science like Dr. Preet Sandhu can provide lasting, alternative treatments for sleep apnea. If you believe you may be suffering from this condition, please call Crystal Family Dental Care in Crystal Lake, Illinois to schedule your consultation with Dr. Sandhu: (815) 261-1161.
A Widespread Affliction
Dr. Sandhu has seen firsthand the way many patients suffering from the neuromuscular discord that contributes to TMD/TMJ and sleep apnea fail to realize the link between their joints and muscles, and their chronic pain or inability to achieve a restful night's sleep.
During the frequent breathing pauses that occur with sleep apnea, the brain is deprived of valuable oxygen. This prolonged lack of oxygen can lead to numerous serious health problems such as increased risk of heart attack and clinical depression.
There are three types of sleep apnea:
- Central sleep apnea
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Complex sleep apnea (a combination of the two)
What Does Snoring Mean?
One of the first signs that a person may be suffering from sleep apnea is heavy snoring.
Other common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Irritability and restlessness at night
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Chronic sore throats and dry mouth
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Heart problems
Sleep Apnea Treatment
The most common type of this disorder is obstructive sleep apnea, and it can be successfully treated. But not everyone is an ideal candidate for a CPAP. Some sleep apnea patients find that the CPAP simply fails to address their particular symptoms.
Your dentist can fit you for a custom oral appliance that can work in concert with your CPAP or serve as a completely alternative sleep apnea treatment. When worn during sleep, custom oral appliances provided by your dentist allow continuous, easy breathing for those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.
If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea and how it can be treated by your dentist, please contact Crystal Family Dental Care in Crystal Lake online or by telephone to schedule your consultation with Dr. Sandhu: (815) 261-1161. Our neuromuscular dentist is proud to serve patients from nearby Crystal Lake, Algonquin and Elgin, Illinois areas.