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sleep apnea treatment
Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder in America, and it’s estimated that up to 9% of adults in the United States suffer from this health issue, which often goes undiagnosed and unaddressed.
When not properly treated, serious cases of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can lead to serious health issues like a high risk of heart disease and stroke, so proper care from a dentist like Dr. Kalpana Kandimalla at Innova Family Dental is essential. Learn more about apnea below, or contact us now for a sleep apnea consultation.
what is sleep apnea?
The most common form of apnea is Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA for short. In this disorder, the soft tissues and muscles of the throat and palate relax during sleep, blocking the airway and preventing you from breathing properly for up to 2-10 seconds or longer before normal respiration begins again.
In the short term, this can cause harmful side effects like poor quality sleep, insomnia, daytime drowsiness, and irritability. And in the long term, the effects are even more serious. OSA blocks proper respiration and blood oxygenation, so it can lead to an increased risk of stroke and heart attack, particularly in those who already have serious health issues like high blood pressure.
How to recognize
Signs of sleep apnea
The most common sign of sleep apnea in yourself or in a sleeping partner is heavy, prolonged snoring accompanied by periodic interruptions in breathing. These pauses in breathing may also be followed by snorting, gasping, or choking sounds.
Other signs of sleep apnea include drowsiness, even after getting 7-8 hours of sleep, irritability and mood swings, trouble focusing during the day, morning headaches, waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat, or waking up frequently in the night feeling like you’re choking or can’t breathe properly.
If you notice one or more of these signs, you definitely need to see a sleep specialist for a diagnosis, as it’s likely that you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.
vivos therapeutic treatment
for sleep apnea
Wondering how a dentist like Dr. Kalpana Kandimalla can help you get treatment for sleep apnea in Bolingbrook? At our office, we offer Vivos therapeutic treatment for patients who suffer from OSA.
The Vivos treatment plan begins after your physician or sleep specialist has diagnosed you with sleep apnea. They will work with Dr. Kandimalla to design a custom Vivos oral appliance. This medical device, which may look similar to a night guard or a retainer, is designed to shift the position of your jaw slightly, and is worn at night and during sleep.
By shifting your jaw into a healthier position while you sleep, this device helps prevent your muscle and oral tissues from sagging and relaxing during sleep, preventing obstructions and eliminating the symptoms of OSA.
For patients who have mild-to-moderate OSA and are willing to make lifestyle changes along with their treatment, Vivos is a great alternative to traditional sleep apnea treatment methods, like the use of a CPAP machine.