Sometimes you can be suffering from sleep apnea and not even realize it. Often someone’s partner will notice the signs first. Do you wake up exhausted even with a full night’s sleep or have sudden night wakings? Has someone told you that you snore? Do you wake up gasping for air? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then you may be living with the effects of sleep apnea.
While you sleep, the soft tissues in the back of your neck relax. For some people, the airway narrows to the point that it causes vibrations, which lead to snoring.
In some cases, your air passage can become completely blocked. This is called obstructive sleep apnea and is more serious. This interrupted breathing leads to oxygen deprivation and serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure.
At Sommers Family Dental, we can treat your sleep apnea with a simple mandibular device. This will pull your jaw forward into its proper position and open up your air passage, allowing you to breathe freely.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has pronounced oral appliances as the preferred method of treatment for sleep apnea and snoring. At Sommers Family Dental we offer two types of oral appliances in order to provide adequate treatment no matter what your budget: SomnoMed and Silent Nite. In some cases, your medical insurance will cover the cost of the appliance. We’ll work with your physician to help get you a prescription and minimize your cost.
If you suspect you’ve been suffering from sleep apnea, you may call our office at (630) 892-7041 to schedule an appointment, or you may click here to request an appointment online. We also offer a complimentary consultation to new patients. You’ll be able to sit down with our dentist and ask any questions.