Sleep Apnea Treatment
Are you always tired and not sure why? Do people say you snore loudly, and often? You may suffer from sleep disorder. Dr. Brar in South Elgin, IL can help you navigate your symptoms and get the sleep apnea treatment you need.
Sleep apnea ... I'm so excited about this because I know I can help these patients. I know they're suffering. They're not diagnosed. Even in a medical community, 60% of the patients are undiagnosed. They are suffering every day, they are tired, they are fatigued, they can't focus, they’ve cognitive dysfunction, their medications are up to the maximum level, they are diabetic, they have high blood pressures, and we can help those patients. It is so satisfying to us when we see these people are not using as much medication as they were before. The dose of the medication has dramatically dropped down. They can sleep, they can dream, and they're not tired anymore. They love that kind of feeling, which they haven't had this feeling for many, many years. This is what we do in our office is sleep apnea. We screen patients regularly. We diagnose patients in cooperation with the physician, and we do the necessary treatment that's going to benefit the patient. This is one of the greatest services we have to improve the quality of life the patient is looking for.
When we treat the patients with sleep apnea, whether we say it's an oral plan or it's a CPAP or any other form which is done, they see the benefits very quickly. They know the first night they put it on it's not the same sleep they had before. Now they're sleeping a much longer time, their sleep is more in, what we call, REM sleep and they're having that kind of sleep which is very, very important. They tell us the first day when they put in the oral appliance, they felt like this—they felt less tired the next day, they were less fatigued, and they felt more relaxed, and this happens very quickly.
Sleep apnea: the whole body health issue
Sleep apnea, a common but dangerous sleeping disorder, has two types. The first type is central sleep apnea, experienced when the area of your brain that controls breathing stops sending the breathing messages while you sleep. This causes you to briefly jerk awake and interrupt whatever level of sleep you may have achieved. The other form is obstructive sleep apnea. While you are sleeping, your airway becomes physically blocked. This stops your breathing and causes you to jerk awake briefly before falling right back to sleep. Blockages can happen several times per night and rob you of the restful sleep you need.
What causes sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea can affect anyone of any age or gender. There are some risk factors, however, that make it more likely that you will develop sleep apnea. Being overweight is one of the risk factors that contributes to a heightened risk of sleep apnea. Having a large neck and being over the age of 40 are other common risk factors that you need to be aware of.
The most recognizable symptom is loud, chronic snoring. You may also find yourself with a sore throat or dry throat when you wake up. Irritability and daytime exhaustion are other symptoms you should be on the lookout for.
Achieve better sleep
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 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 to help you navigate your disorder and mitigate the sleep apnea symptoms.
Call our St. Charles, Sleepy Hollow, Elgin, and South Elgin, IL dental offices today at 630-883-0970 to start getting the rest you are looking for. You can use our online form to schedule your appointment as well.