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Sleep Apnea Specialist

Global Facial Aesthetics

Cosmetic Dentists & Implant Specialist located in River Forest, IL

Millions of Americans have sleep apnea, a condition that makes it difficult to get a good night’s rest. Gary Alder, DDS, FAGD, DAAPM, and Irene Skirius, DDS, at Global Facial Aesthetics in River Forest, Illinois, provide diagnosis and treatment for sleep apnea. Using personalized treatments, they can reduce your snoring and jaw pain to improve your quality of life. Schedule an appointment by calling the office or booking online today.

Sleep Apnea Q&A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes you to stop and start breathing multiple times during sleep. There are three types of sleep apnea. Each occurs due to different mechanisms, but all present virtually the same symptoms.

Without early intervention and treatment, sleep apnea increases your risk of more serious health problems like diabetes and heart disease. Fortunately, with the help of a qualified medical professional like those at Global Facial Aesthetics, it’s possible to treat.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping for air
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Morning headaches

If you have sleep apnea, you might find it challenging to pay attention at work or while driving.

Who is at risk of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea affects people of all ages and genders, but several factors increase the likelihood of experiencing the condition. For example, you’re more likely to develop sleep apnea if you’re overweight or have a narrow throat. 

Other factors that may contribute to sleep apnea include the use of alcohol or sedatives, chronic nasal congestion, and underlying medical conditions like high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes.

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

Only a licensed medical doctor (MD) can diagnose sleep apnea. If your primary care physician determines you’re at risk, they can refer you to Global Facial Aesthetics for treatment. 

Diagnosis typically includes a physical exam, a review of your medical history, and a sleep study. A sleep study monitors your breathing patterns and brain activity overnight in a controlled medical environment. 

How is sleep apnea treated?

To begin with, the team at Global Facial Aesthetics recommends conservative treatments like losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising regularly, and avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills.

If your symptoms persist even after these changes, you might benefit from a custom made laboratory fabricated appliance like a nightguard. A night guard is a plastic mouthpiece that you wear during sleep. It pushes your bottom jaw slightly forward, allowing for better airflow. 

You might also benefit from continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.

If you’re living with sleep apnea, schedule an appointment at Global Facial Aesthetics. Call the office or book online today.