Mundelein, IL Sleep Apnea Diagnosis & Treatment
Dr. Anthony Markiewicz, family dentist serving Mundelein and Hawthorn Woods, is dedicated to providing comprehensive dental services and treatments to improve not only your smile, but also your overall quality of life.
Our Mundelein, IL dental team is proud to offer treatment options for our patients who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea, commonly referred to as OSA. If you suspect that you may have OSA, Dr. Markiewicz can help you develop a treatment plan to improve your quality of sleep and improve your wellbeing.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious but common disorder that causes breathing to become shallow or even pause altogether. These lapses in breathing can last from a few seconds to a few minutes and can occur up to 30 times each hour. Normal breathing often resumes after a loud snort or choking noise.
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Individuals who suffer from sleep apnea wake up often throughout the night, as the brain signals the body to become alert in order to restore normal breathing. However, most people don’t wake up fully - just enough to open the throat and fall back asleep - so OSA sufferers often have no recollection of waking up in the night, even though they may do it hundreds of times. Since there’s no memory of waking up, it can be difficult to detect and diagnose sleep apnea without a sleep study.
Because of this nuance, it’s important to be acquainted with and watch out for the other symptoms of sleep apnea, which can include:
- Excessive daytime fatigue
- Depression and/or irritability
- Poor performance at work or in school
- Difficulty remembering things
- Frequent need to urinate throughout the night
- Snoring, choking, or gasping sounds while asleep
Who Can Have Sleep Apnea?
While anybody can have sleep apnea, there are certain factors that can increase your risk of developing the disorder. You should be especially vigilant about paying attention to the aforementioned symptoms if you fit one or more of these demographics:
- Individuals over the age of 40
- Tobacco and alcohol users
- Those who are overweight or obese
- Those with high blood pressure
- Those with heart disease
- Those with a family history of sleep apnea
Dangers Of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is the leading cause of daytime sleepiness, but can also have more serious implications. A few issues that can be induced or exacerbated by untreated sleep apnea include:
- Chronic fatigue
- High blood pressure
- Congestive heart failure and other vascular disease
- Liver problems
- Complications during surgery
Sleep Apnea Treatment From Your Mundelein, IL Family Dentist
While sleep apnea is a serious condition, there are many effective treatments available. In addition to at-home strategies such as weight management, Dr. Markiewicz and our team of dental experts can help you reclaim your sleep schedule and restore your health. Book an appointment online to visit our Mundelein, IL dental office. We look forward to helping you get more restful nights of sleep!