Treatment for sleep-disordered breathing in Glen Carbon, IL
If you snore excessively, toss, and turn all night, or wake up feeling restless, you may be one of the many Americans suffering from sleep-disordered breathing. The condition called sleep apnea can impact your life in many negative ways, even putting you at a higher risk for vehicle or machine-related accidents. At Kellerman Dental, we have specialized expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep-disordered breathing. Together, we will work with you to ensure you can get a better night’s sleep and improve your quality of life.
Diagnosing sleep apnea
The most common way to identify an accurate sleep apnea diagnosis is with a sleep test. It is essential because not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a severe condition caused by obstruction of the airway. Some common causes of snoring aside from sleep apnea include obesity, alcohol, or drug use, blocked nasal airways associated with allergies, sinus infections, deviated septum, sleep position, and sleep deprivation.
Treatment for sleep apnea
Once we have an accurate diagnosis of sleep apnea, it is time to develop a treatment plan. For many individuals, this will include several lifestyle changes such as:
- Losing weight
- Quitting smoking
- Exercising more
- Relaxation or meditation techniques
- Reduce or eliminate alcohol intake
In addition to these natural remedies, we can also use oral appliance therapy. Appliance therapy is a convenient and effective way to treat sleep apnea that is often preferred over CPAP machines. While CPAP machines can be highly effective, they are cumbersome and uncomfortable, which lowers compliance rates. Custom oral appliances are a more comfortable way to treat the condition.
How dental appliances for sleep apnea work
Apnea episodes are the result of physical obstructions to the airway throughout the night. When you fall asleep, the muscles in your body relax; however, individuals with sleep apnea relax to the point where they block the flow of oxygen.
Oral appliances are designed to keep the jaw and tongue in a slightly forward position to prevent the tissues and muscles from collapsing and blocking the airway. These dental appliances are small, comfortable, and easy to travel with, making them the ideal solution for many patients.
To learn more about oral appliances for sleep apnea, call Kellerman Dental in Glen Carbon, IL, at (618) 228-3100 to book an appointment.
Treatment for sleep apnea at Kellerman Dental explained by Dr. Kevin Kellerman
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Hi, my name is Dr. Kevin Kellerman from Kellerman Dental in Glen Carbon, Illinois. Today I want to talk about sleep apnea.
Many people who suffer from sleep apnea symptoms don’t even realize that there’s an issue.
If you feel tired or groggy during the day, often wake up not feeling refreshed, snore, or your bed partner tells you, you snore and are affecting their sleep as well, then sleep apnea may be the reason.
How to diagnose sleep apnea?
There is only one way to find out if there is an issue. To determine whether or not breathing while sleeping is a problem for you, we need to do a sleep test.
A physician will read your sleep test and determine whether or not you breathe effectively while you sleep. If you don’t, you have options to help you breathe better and feel better.
What are the treatments available for sleep apnea?
At Kellerman Dental, we do sleep apnea treatments for people who need our help. We make an oral device that fits in your mouth and that you wear while you sleep at night.
This oral device allows you to breathe better and, in most cases, eliminates snoring. When you can breathe better when you sleep, you feel better, and everyone around you is happier.
Call us today to make an appointment and experience the benefits of sleep apnea treatments.
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.