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Sleep Apnea Specialist

RISUS Orthodontics

Orthodontics located in Glenview & Northbrook, IL

Without a good night’s rest, you can struggle to be productive at school, work, and in your social life. That’s why the experienced team at RISUS Orthodontics provides comprehensive treatment for sleep apnea at the offices in Glenview, and Northbrook, Illinois. Lifestyle modifications and oral appliances worn at night can effectively treat sleep apnea and help restore your overall health. To find out more, call the office, or schedule an appointment online today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious health condition in which your airways continuously close while you sleep. The result is your brain wakes you up repeatedly throughout the night, even dozens of times per hour. Sleep apnea sufferers aren’t able to get the rest they need to be their best at work, school, or in their social lives. 

Of the several types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea is the most common diagnosis. With obstructive sleep apnea, the soft tissues in the back of your throat relax to the point that they block your airway. When this happens, the lack of oxygen causes your brain to wake you over and over so that you can clear your airways.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea symptoms, as the name suggests, happen while you’re sleeping, so you might not even be aware of what’s causing your lack of sleep. If you have a bedmate or anyone who sleeps nearby, they can be quite helpful in detecting the problem. The first symptom that typically arises is loud, excessive snoring. 

Many sleep apnea patients also report feeling fatigued and groggy throughout the day, stemming from not getting enough sleep. 

Is sleep apnea really that serious? 

The answer is emphatically yes, sleep apnea is a serious health condition. Aside from the obvious lack of sleep, this condition can have much grander health implications. Some of the health complications that can develop due to sleep apnea include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Depression

As it’s clear to see, these are more than just mere minor complications. Sleep apnea will not subside on its own. It’ll progress, continue to get worse, and threaten your overall health. That’s precisely why seeking treatment from the experts at RISUS Orthodontics is so important. 

How is sleep apnea treated? 

The team at RISUS Orthodontics first uses a physical evaluation and airway analysis to properly diagnose you and get to the root cause of your sleep apnea. An airway analysis uses Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) technology to thoroughly evaluate your airway. 

Treatment for sleep apnea typically involves wearing a specially designed oral appliance that helps reposition certain areas of your mouth so that your airways remain open throughout the night. For example, a mandibular advancement device (MAD) is an appliance that eases your lower jaw forward while you sleep. 

The team might also recommend a tongue retainer device, which holds your tongue forward while you sleep.

To learn more about your treatment options for sleep apnea, call the office, or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment today.