Sleep Apnea & Snoring
We Treat Sleeping Disorders So You May Rest Assured!
What you Don’t know CAN hurt you (and others)!
Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder in which one’s breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep. Apnea is a breathing pause, with a duration of ten seconds or more. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition in which muscles in your throat relax to the point where the airway is partially or completely obstructed. Central Sleep Apnea, is a condition in which the part of the brain that is responsible for controlling breathing fails to do so during sleep.
OSA is the most common form of Sleep Apnea, affecting millions of Americans. Its incidence is on the rise owing in part to increased obesity among Americans.
OSA can cause low blood oxygen levels: this combination of disturbed sleep and oxygen deprivation may lead to serious, and even life threatening conditions such as mood and memory problems, heart disease, hypertension, and drowsy driving.
OSA is believed to affect nearly six percent of the American population. It is also positively correlated with age.*
More shocking is that as few as 10% of people with OSA even know they have it.
If you, or someone you care about, falls asleep during the day, snores loudly, or experiences labored breathing while asleep, these could be symptoms of sleep apnea.
Now the Good News
Traditionally the only treatment for OSA was the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device. Once diagnosed with OSA, a patient would need to be attached to a machine, which pumped a continuous stream of air into the patient’s nose or mouth at night. Unfortunately, this is a cumbersome, inconvenient, and expensive solution that a large percentage of patients were, therefore, unwilling to use, meaning their condition went largely untreated.
We are committed to helping our patients achieve and maintain a lifetime of optimal oral, as well as overall health. That’s why we’ve invested in the training and technology to help test for and treat OSA. Oral Appliance Therapy is a less invasive, more cost-effective treatment modality, which is helping people across the country treat their OSA symptoms, restoring their energy level, and helping them return to a more vigorous and vibrant lifestyle.
The appliance is a small device, similar to a mouth guard, which is fitted over the teeth. It’s purpose is to gently realign your tongue and jaw to open your airway, thereby permitting more air to reach the lungs during sleep. They’re easy to clean, insert and remove, and are especially handy when traveling. Over 90% of patients report a satisfactory experience, especially those who tried CPAP.
If you snore, or suspect you could be an OSA sufferer, or you are frustrated with your CPAP machine, give us a call today.
Find out for free if you are a candidate for sleep apnea or snoring treatment! Just call us for your no cost/no obligation consultation at (708) 928-5048.
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