If you have been told that you snore loudly at night and do not feel as though you have had a restful night’s sleep when you get up in the morning, you may be having problems with sleep apnea. At Kellerman Dental of Glen Carbon, IL, our proficient dentist, Dr. Kellerman, can provide you with sleep apnea dentistry treatment.
Sleep apnea is a widespread sleep problem. It affects many people, but it is a severe problem and can be life-threatening. Sleep apnea is associated with higher risks of strokes and heart attacks. When a patient has sleep apnea, they are often heard snoring and then gasping for air many times during the night. During this period, the person stops breathing for several seconds. However, when people wake up in the morning, they do not remember that this happened.
These episodes when you stop breathing can place a significant strain on your cardiovascular system. These sleep disturbances are severe because they keep air from reaching your lungs. If you have sleep apnea, you may feel tired throughout the day and even suffer from headaches or poor concentration. You may also be extremely irritable.
Our dentist can provide sleep apnea treatment at our dental practice, which can be an oral appliance. Oral appliance therapy is used to reposition the jaw and tongue, keeping it forward while you sleep. That allows the airway to become expanded so that airflow can continue, and you no longer have episodes of not breathing.
This sleep appliance is also extremely comfortable. It is worn in much the same way that you would wear a mouthguard. It is also easy to take care of and is portable. With this sleep apnea appliance, you most likely have excellent compliance since it is easy to get used to and comfortable to wear.
Contact us for an appointment to meet with our dentist to treat sleep apnea today.
Dr. Kevin Kellerman is an alumnus of Pinckneyville Community High School, Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, and SIUE School of Dental Medicine from where he obtained his doctorate.
A full-time dental practitioner, he also lectures on various topics. He is affiliated with many professional bodies including the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Orthodontic Society, Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Association, and the Glen Carbon/Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Kellerman and team are known for higher levels of service and patient care and for utilizing advanced technologies in treatments. He also participates in community projects and believes in giving back to the community that he serves.