Snoring and Sleep Apnea treatments
Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatments from Our Northbrook Dental Office
Have you been noticing serious sleep deprivation issues related to snoring or sleep apnea – if so, you may want to call our Northbrook dental office. Our facility can help individuals with sleep apnea in Northbrook. Sleep apnea can be a serious condition that can have a profound effect on your life and needs to be treated as quickly as it is identified. Sleep apnea is a completely manageable condition, but does require you to seek out an expert in the field.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a completely manageable condition that affects the way you breathe when sleeping. If left untreated, breathing can become interrupted while sleeping or become very shallow. This can cause the individual to stay awake and can make it difficult to get a full night’s sleep. Typically, individuals with sleep apnea may not breathe for 1 to 20 seconds at a time and this causes their sleep to become interrupted. This causes a number of different symptoms including:
- Slowed reflexes
- Inability to concentrate
- Increased risk of accidents
- Heart attacks
Types of Sleep Apnea
If you are suffering from sleep apnea in Northbrook, the first thing that you need to do is familiarize yourself with the problem. There are a number of different types of sleep apnea that range in severity and may be treated in different ways. The initial steps of treating sleep apnea require that the type be identified so that the proper treatment can be applied.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Obstructive is the most common type of sleep apnea. It is caused by tissue in the back of the throat relaxing when the individual sleeps and blocking air from traveling through the airway. This causes individuals to snore loudly and gasp for air.
- Central Sleep Apnea. Less common than obstructive sleep apnea, Central Sleep Apnea is caused by the central nervous system. The brain fails to signal the muscles that control breathing, causing the individual to go long periods without breathing while sleeping. These individuals rarely snore.
- Complex Sleep Apnea. Complex sleep apnea is a combination of both Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Central Sleep Apnea.
There are a number of treatments that can be applied to help improve nightly sleep and overall health. Depending on the type of sleep apnea that an individual has, different treatment paths may be considered. With complex or central sleep apnea, treatment starts with treating the underlying condition. Sometimes, using oxygen masks while sleeping can improve the oxygen intake and help to facilitate better sleep.
Many of the effects of sleep apnea can be lessened through weight loss. Individuals that are overweight have extra tissue in the back of their throat which can obstruct the airway and cause sleep apnea.
Dr. Kacel brings 33 years of experience to the table, and can help you to achieve a better night’s sleep, and long lasting overall health. If you believe that you are suffering from sleep apnea and would like to look into the available treatments, schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Kacel, the leading Northbrook dental care service provider, today.