Protect Your Health with Sleep Apnea Treatment

Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition that can lead to chronic fatigue, irritability, and depression, among other things. Caused by the collapse of soft tissues over the airway, sleep apnea causes cessation of breathing for prolonged periods of time. At our Bloomington, IL dental practice, Drs. David D. Wyse and Jay W. Chrisman provide non-surgical, minimally invasive sleep apnea treatment with oral appliance therapy, a highly effective alternative to CPAP machines. 

How Sleep Apnea Affects Health

Sleep apnea has several serious, far-reaching implications. For example, the condition can cause:

  • Fatigue and sleepiness: A normal sleep cycle works to replenish and refresh the body. Those who suffer from sleep apnea are constantly tired and have a far greater risk of falling asleep behind the wheel. Lack of sleep can also have a negative effect on cognitive ability and productivity.
  • Heart problems: Cessation of breathing can cause the blood oxygen levels to drop. In turn, this places excessive strain on the cardiovascular system. This is why many individuals diagnosed with sleep apnea develop hypertension. The more severe the sleep apnea, the higher the risk for heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and coronary artery disease.
  • Medical complications: Patients with sleep apnea may experience more issues while under sedation and general anesthesia. For example, these medications cause the muscles around the airway to relax, which could worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.

Screening and Diagnosis

If your doctor suspects sleep apnea, they may refer you to a sleep specialist. To obtain an official diagnosis, you may be asked to undergo a sleep study, either in a specialized clinic or in your home.

This assessment will measure a number of things, including breathing patterns, blood oxygen levels, movements, and brain activity. The study can confirm your diagnosis and help your medical team determine a treatment option that will work for you.

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Our custom appliances can help you get a better night's sleep.

Oral Appliance Therapy

Many patients find adequate relief from their symptoms with the use of a custom oral appliance, a device that places the jaw in a more forward position. The device opens the airway and reduces the resistance that leads to breathing issues.

Dr. Chrisman or Wyse can recommend treatment for you based on the severity of your sleep disorder.

In fact, several research studies have demonstrated the efficacy of oral appliance therapy for the reduction of snoring and sleep apnea, as well as the advantageous effects on symptoms such as chronic fatigue.

Oral appliances can be used on their own or in conjunction with CPAP devices. Dr. Chrisman or Wyse can recommend treatment for you based on the severity of your sleep disorder.

Benefits of a Custom Appliance

There are a number of advantages to oral appliance therapy compared to alternative treatments. For example, custom oral appliances:

  • Are more comfortable than CPAP devices
  • Are small and portable 
  • Offer immediate improvement in sleep apnea symptoms
  • Conserve energy, as no electricity is required for use
  • Are discreet, and cannot be seen by your partner or spouse

Get a Better Night's Sleep

Sleep apnea and related disorders can seriously hinder your overall quality of life. If you are experiencing unexplained fatigue, insomnia, irritability, or other symptoms of sleep apnea, consider what oral appliance therapy can do for you. To learn more about this comfortable and effective treatment option, or to schedule a consultation at Wyse Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, contact us online or give us a call at (309) 663-6393.

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Wyse Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Wyse Family & Cosmetic Dentistry has been serving the community in Bloomington, IL, for 100 years, making us the oldest practice in town. We are constantly updating our practice with the latest technology and innovative techniques to provide first-rate dentistry for our valued patients. Our comprehensive services include

  • Emergency Dental Care
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Dental Implants
  • Pediatric Dentistry 

Schedule an appointment today by filling out our online form, or by calling (309) 663-6393.

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