What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that may be potentially life threatening. This disorder is characterized by pauses in breathing while you sleep, resulting in decreased levels of oxygen in the body. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by obstructions in the airway, often the result of your tongue or the tissues of your throat.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

You may suffer from sleep apnea if you notice the following signs:

  • Awakening with a very dry or sore throat
  • Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Excessive drowsiness during the day
  • Frequent morning headaches
  • Loud snoring

If you notice these symptoms, we recommend that you talk to your skilled dentist, Dr. Dolnick, about sleep apnea. Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep physician, but our dentist can help you recognize the signs and provide treatment.

What is sleep apnea treatment?

Dr. Dolnick may recommend a sleep apnea appliance to treat sleep apnea in Morton Grove, Illinois. The oral appliance fits over your teeth and is worn while you sleep. A sleep apnea appliance works by preventing airway obstructions while you sleep in order to allow you to breathe continuously. If you believe that you may suffer from sleep apnea, we urge you to contact the dental office of Dolnick and Associates today to learn more about our treatment options.