At our Illinois dentist’s office, we are here to help with the health and appearance of your teeth and gums, but we are also concerned about your overall well-being, which is why we are in the business of treating sleep disorders, like sleep apnea, too.
How would you know if you had sleep apnea?
Do you ever wake up gasping for air? Is it difficult to stay focused and remain energetic during the day? Do you feel tired or sleepy even after what you thought was a full night’s sleep? Have you been told that you’ve been snoring like a freight train or making choking or gasping sounds while you sleep?
If you answered “yes” to most these questions, you should arrange for a checkup ASAP. You could be suffering from sleep apnea. If you are and it is left undiagnosed or untreated, this condition can trigger a stroke, bring about heart disease, and cause you to act in a reckless manner because of sleep-deprivation.
Keep reading to hear more, but then be sure to schedule your consultation with Dr. Brar!
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Let’s start with the basics. Central Sleep Apnea Disorder and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorder are the two main ways in which the condition manifests itself.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the one we can help with because it happens when your throat muscles relax to the point that they obstruct your airways. This causes you to snore and leads to extended breaks in night-time breathing and typically forces you to suddenly wake up struggling for air.
Because your brain is busy all night (struggling to keep you alive), when you wake up in the morning, you won’t feel rested at all, and it will take its toll on your body.
Sleep Apnea Treatment At Brar Dentistry
When you come here in search of answers (and a viable solution) you will be asked to undergo some tests to help us determine the treatment that suits you best. Dr. Brar will do an exam, review your medical history, ask questions about your sleep habits, and perform a Mallampati test to measure the size of your airway. He will also work with a sleep doctor to help identify whether you are suffering from a form of sleep disorder. After you have been diagnosed, we will develop a plan of action that makes sense for you. Besides a CPAP machine, there are some other, easier options to try first.
We always start at the conservative end of the treatment spectrum. Dr. Brar may suggest self-corrective strategies initially. Dropping those extra pounds, changing your normal sleeping position, and giving up alcohol and tobacco can vastly improve your sleep apnea troubles. That said, small adjustments may not be enough to alleviate your sleeping issues without the help of an oral appliance. And some factors just can’t be changed! These include: having a larger neck size than 17 inches, propensity for acid reflux, and enlarged tonsils or tongue.
Custom-Made Oral Appliances
Once the American Academy of Sleep Medicine added oral appliances as a primary treatment option for patients with mild or moderate sleep apnea (about 10 years ago) dentists began to be able to make a real difference in this area..
At Brar Dentistry, we can set you up with a sleep apnea appliance that pulls the lower jaw forward to open up the airways during sleep and restricts the tongue from blocking the airways. This will help with the snoring (which will make your household happier) and allow you to finally sleep peacefully.
One way or another, we will help eliminate your sleep apnea, and soon you’ll feel better-rested in the morning and more focused throughout the day and evening. So, what are you waiting for? This is not anything you will want to hit the snooze button on!
End Your Sleep Apnea Nightmare!
We hope you have been inspired by this post to take back your life. To learn more about our great sleep apnea treatments, please contact our our St. Charles, Sleepy Hollow, Elgin, and South Elgin, IL dental offices today at 630-883-0970!