Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatments
Dr. Kacel’s Wake Up Call About Sleep Apnea
Are you being deprived of sleep at night? If it’s because of snoring or sleep apnea, Northbrook dentist, Dr. Steven Kacel has some important facts that should provide a wakeup call about these potentially serious conditions. Many people ignore sleep apnea—and even make fun of it—but it can have a profound effect on your life and needs to be treated as quickly as it is identified. The good news is that sleep apnea is completely manageable condition, but does require advice and treatment from an expert, like Dr. Kacel.
What is it and How Common is It?
(Internet stats…) According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, more than 12 million people in the U.S. have sleep apnea. Of the total, more than half are overweight. Those figures also estimate that one in 25 middle-aged men and one in 50 middle-aged women have sleep apnea . The danger of this condition is that it affects the way you breathe when sleeping. Typically, individuals with sleep apnea may not breathe for 1 to 20 seconds at a time and this causes their sleep to become interrupted. Ultimately, it can cause the following:
- Slowed reflexes
- Inability to concentrate
- Increased risk of accidents
- Heart attacks
Types of Sleep Apnea
There are a number of different types of sleep apnea that range in severity and require different treatments from Dr. Kacel.
- Obstructive—is most common variety. It is caused by tissue in the back of the throat relaxing when the individual sleeps, which blocks air from traveling through the airway. This causes individuals to snore loudly and gasp for air.
- Central –is less common than the Obstructive kind and is caused by a problem with the central nervous system. The brain fails to signal the muscles in the central nervous system that control breathing, causing the individual to go long periods without breathing while sleeping. These individuals rarely snore.
- Complex—is a combination of both Obstructive and Central Sleep Apnea and naturally requires more complicated treatment.
Sleep Apnea Treatments Offered by Dr. Kacel
There are a number of treatments that Dr. Kacel can offer patients like you help improve your sleep apnea, the amount of nightly sleep you get and your overall health. Many of the types of sleep apnea can be lessened through weight loss. Individuals that are overweight have extra tissue in the back of their throat which can obstruct the airway and cause sleep apnea. Many patients are told to avoid alcohol, sleeping pills, and other sedatives, which can relax throat muscles, contributing to the collapse of the airway at night.
Additional treatments including the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or automatic positive airway pressure (APAP) device. Several surgical procedures available, although they are normally a third line of treatment for those who reject or are not helped by CPAP treatment or dental appliances.
While a wake up call is often a wise idea, we don’t want to be alarming either. Why not talk over what you’re experiencing with Dr. Kacel and discuss what might work for you. Call 847.498.4415 or complete our simple online form to schedule a consultation contact our Northbrook dental office.