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Sleep Apnea

Learn More About Our Sleep Apnea Treatments in McHenry, IL

Bull Valley Dentistry in McHenry is a full-service dental office that provides sleep apnea treatment. Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing pauses numerous times during sleep due to the collapse of soft tissue in the airway. These pauses can last anywhere from seconds to minutes; the longer they last, the more dangerous this condition can be.

If you or a loved one suffers from obstructive sleep apnea it’s crucial to obtain prompt treatment. John Dano, DDS of Bull Valley Dentistry can help diagnose the severity of the condition and offer appliances that can alleviate the symptoms.

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

Determining whether you have sleep apnea and how severe your case is can be a difficult process. Often in mild sleep apnea cases, the patient does not completely awaken when the interruptions in breathing occur and therefore is not aware of interrupted breathing. This absence of awareness about sleep disordered breathing can be dangerous and carry several negative side effects for your overall health. Sleep apnea can also cause heart problems, as the heart must work harder to make up for the deficiency of oxygen.

Although it’s necessary for a sleep physician to diagnose sleep apnea, there are some symptoms that may indicate this condition. They include:

• Snoring
• Morning headaches
• Daytime sleepiness
• Insomnia

If you’re experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, prompt diagnosis is vital to regaining a healthy, natural sleep pattern. Our McHenry sleep apnea dentist can offer you several take-home sleep studies that can help determine the presence and severity of your sleep disordered breathing condition. Analyzing these tests enable Dr. Dano to determine what treatments would be best for you. The team at Bull Valley Dentistry understands the importance of immediate treatment for sleep apnea and strives to diagnose it as accurately and as soon as possible.

Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

Once sleep apnea has been diagnosed, our McHenry dentist will discuss available treatment options with you. Potential treatments for sleep apnea include:

Dental Appliances — Dental appliances made specifically for sleep apnea patients are orthopedic devices worn during sleep. These mouth guard-like appliances reposition the lower jaw and prevent the blockage of the airway when soft tissue relaxes during sleep. These devices are usually recommended for patients who cannot wear a sleep mask.

Sleep Mask/CPAP Machine — Despite the comfortable nature of the dental appliance, wearing a sleep mask and using a CPAP machine is often the standard of sleep apnea treatment. The mask carries pressurized air from the machine through the nose and mouth, allowing you to breathe more easily in spite of the restricted airway.

Dr. Dano of Bull Valley Dentistry is able to discuss which of these devices works best for you. Once we all have agreed upon a proper treatment plan, Dr. Dano can outfit you with either the dental appliance or a sleep mask.

Call Us for Sleep Apnea Assistance

Sleep apnea can severely affect your health if left untreated and undiagnosed. Bull Valley Dentistry can help you treat this cycle of sleep interruption from our McHenry office. To schedule an appointment with our friendly and experienced dental professionals, call us today!

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