Dr. Dani understands that you may have questions about sleep apnea—the symptoms, treatments, and risk factors. Additionally, some of our patients want to learn about the correlation between snoring and sleep apnea. For this reason, our team of experienced dental professionals created this page of helpful information to answer as many of your questions as possible.
Of course, if you find that you have further inquiries, please contact our office at 847-268-3439 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dani. Alternatively, you can leave your information in the submission box, and we’ll get back to you promptly.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
What causes the airway to close during slumber?
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
- Poor concentration
- Depression or irritability
- Excessive daytime fatigue
- Falling asleep during routine activities
- Waking with a headache
- Restless sleep
- Frequent urination
- Loud or disruptive snoring
- Gasping or choking while you sleep
- Sudden pauses in breathing
What are potential risk factors for sleep apnea?
While anyone can develop sleep apnea, there are a few physical traits that increase your risk of being affected by this sleep disorder. They are as follows:
- Excess tissue in your airway/back of the throat
- A large neck or tongue
Are there consequences associated with untreated sleep apnea?
If you’re diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and decide not to treat it, there is a possibility of the condition becoming fatal. Further consequences range from high blood pressure, heart disease, and heart attack. Patients have also exhibited strokes, fatigue-related car accidents, and an overall decrease in their quality of life.
If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, we recommend contacting our office and scheduling a consultation with Dr. Dani, your qualified sleep dentist in Kenilworth, IL.
What type of treatments are available for obstructive sleep apnea?
There are several options for treating sleep apnea, including lifestyle changes, CPAP machines, and oral appliances. Once you’ve received an official diagnosis, Dr. Dani and your primary care doctor will work with you to determine which treatment is best for your unique situation and lifestyle.
What is a sleep study?
A sleep study is an overnight evaluation that helps sleep specialists make a diagnosis of sleep apnea. During a sleep study, the patient is hooked up to a monitor that measures several vital signs during sleep. While this test can be performed in a clinical setting, many of Dr. Dani’s patients prefer to have their sleep study completed at home. With a home sleep test, we’ll give you a portable device to use overnight. Once complete, you’ll return the device to our office, and the results will be sent for analysis by an experienced sleep specialist.
How are spouses affected by sleep apnea?
In many cases, spouses and partners suffer the same types of daytime consequences as their partners who are afflicted with sleep apnea—grogginess, depression, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. This is one reason why sleep apnea can put a strain on a relationship.