Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by the the disruption of breathing that occurs while a person sleeps. Because of its ability to starve the body and brain of oxygen, sleep apnea has the potential to be very dangerous if the person does not seek treatment. Sleep apnea dentistry is sometimes employed in cases where the person cannot tolerate continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), a common remedy that uses mild air pressure to keep the airways open. Dr. Michael Marcus, a dentist in Chicago Loop, offers sleep apnea dentistry treatment to patients at his downtown office, which is conveniently located on North Wabash Avenue.
Although people of any age can be affected by sleep apnea, the risk factor goes up if you fall into the categories below.
• Over the age of 40
• Excess weight
• Family history
• Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
• Nasal blockage caused by allergies, sinus problems, or a deviated septum.
• Smaller than average jaw bone or larger than average tongue and/or tonsils.
• A bulkier neck, measuring 17 or more inches in men and 16 or more inches in women
A person with undiagnosed sleep apnea may stop breathing hundreds of times throughout the night. If you or someone else observes one or of the symptoms below, you should contact Dr. Marcus right away.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
The following symptoms can indicate the presence of sleep apnea. If you notice one or more of these, contact our practice.
• Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
• Loud snoring
• Waking up at night short of breath
• Snorting or chocking sounds during the night (indicates that breathing has resumed)
• Headaches upon waking
• Falling asleep involuntarily during the day
• Extreme drowsiness during the day
Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure and increase your risk for heart failure and stroke. The ongoing state of exhaustion caused by sleep apnea can also instigate problems at school or work as well as put you and others in danger when driving or operating heavy machinery. Sleep apnea can also cause complications with medications or surgery.
Call Dr. Marcus’s at (312) 241-1328 to schedule a consultation and learn more about sleep apnea dentistry treatment options today.