What is Snoring?
Snoring is simply the sound that occurs when soft tissues in the mouth and throat vibrate as a person breathes.
Sleep apnea involves complete airway blockage for periods of 10 seconds or longer repeatedly during sleep session. While snoring is not dangerous, sleep apnea increases a person's risk of stroke, heart attack, daytime fatigue, irritability and other issues.
How can we help?
Our trained sleep apnea dentists can assess your nighttime breathing through a home sleep study. You can have the sleep test on your own bed by wearing a small device that fits comfortably over your head, held in place with a headband. This is considered a more accurate assessment of sleep quality than if testing is done in a sleep lab because most people are more comfortable sleeping at home.
Traditionally, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) appliance is the gold standard for severe sleep apnea treatment. However, many patients do not respond well to CPAP because of a poor fit, claustrophobia or discomfort.
For these patients and others, a sleeping guard may be recommended. One of our dentists at University Dental Professionals can create a custom sleep guard to hold your lower jaw slightly forward, which prevents soft tissues from blocking airway. Many patients find relief from this non-invasive solution, and your bed partner will thank you! For more information on snoring and sleep apnea relief in Chicago, Illinois, give us a call at 773-684-5702!