Find treatment for snoring and relieve the symptoms of sleep apnea at North Dental Professionals. Dr. Chaiken is one of few Chicago dentists and one of the few Skokie dentists that have advanced training in dental sleep medicine.
Dr. Chaiken performs an evaluation of your potential risk for sleep apnea and will refer you to a sleep center if indicated. When treatment is required, Dr. Chaiken will select the right oral appliance for you.
Why do some people snore?
Snoring is the result of your airway narrowing causing air to be inhaled at an increased speed and pressure. This makes the tissues in the back of your mouth vibrate and produces the snoring sound. Heavy, loud snoring can be a sign of a more serious health problem and you or your companion may have a breathing disorder known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious disorder in which your breathing stops repeatedly while you sleep. These cessation in breathing episodes are called apneas. Apnea events last for as long as 10-30 seconds and may happen hundreds of times per night. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common type. It happens when the airway is blocked during sleep. The blockage is usually caused by relaxed throat muscles, soft tissue, a narrow airway, a large tongue, or extra fatty tissue.
Is Sleep Apnea common?
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine estimates that 18 million Americans have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) with 80-90 percent being undiagnosed and untreated.
Untreated sleep apnea is serious. It increases your risk for stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, obesity and depression. Sleep apnea also contributes to learning and memory problems, poor job performance, irritability, decreased libido and a high risk for car accidents.
How do I know if I have Sleep Apnea?
OSA is diagnosed through an overnight sleep study, known as a polysomnography, performed by a sleep physician at a sleep center. The study will measure your Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI) which is the average number of partial and complete breaks in your breathing that occur per hour of sleep. Your level of sleep apnea is based on AHI and will help determine which treatment is best for you.
Dr. Chaiken offers sleep apnea treatments
Dr. Paul Chaiken uses dental appliances to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Dental appliances offer several advantages over other treatments:
- removable appliance worn in the mouth
- well accepted by patients
Dr. Chaiken will select the oral appliance that fits your needs
Dr. Chaiken uses the following appliances to treat sleep apnea and snoring:
- TAP 3 (Thornton Adjustable Positioner)
Dr. Chaiken is one of the few dentists in the nation (and the only one in Chicago) utilizing High Resolution Pulse Oximetry to precisely adjust the oral appliance for maximum benefits to the patient.
Isn’t it about time you or your companion got a good night’s sleep? Dr. Paul Chaiken can offer you and your loved ones relief.
Call Dr. Chaiken today. It’s a phone call that drastically improve your health and can even save you or your loved one’s life!
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