1 more reason to treat your sleep apnea “dentally” – today!

A recent study from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, found a link between untreated sleep apnea and cancer. Those with untreated sleep apnea are 4.8% more likely to die from cancer than those without sleep apnea or sleep disordered breathing.

For years, we have know that Obstructive sleep apnea is a life threatening and life altering condition that causes a person to stop breathing repeatedly during sleep. The oxygen deprivation that results can trigger severe health problems. The restless sleep that also results from Obstructive Sleep Apnea affects the quality of life of individuals. The bed partner’s sleep can also be disrupted by his or her partner’s snoring, pauses in breathing and restless sleep.

What happens if Obstructive Sleep Apnea is not treated?

People with Obstructive Sleep Apnea have disrupted sleep resulting in low oxygen levels. Both awakenings and oxygen deprivation can trigger severe health problems and decrease quality of life due to Obstructive Sleep Apnea’s links with:

  • Chronic sleepiness (Excessive Daytime Sleepiness-EDS).
  • Increased Motor Vehicle Accidents (People with Obstructive Sleep Apnea have three times a higher automobile accident or work-related accident than those in the general public).
  • Increased work-related accidents.
  • Poor job performance.
  • Depression.
  • Family discord (Loud snoring also disrupts the bed partner’s sleep causing frustration and anger in their relationship.)
  • Decreased quality of life.
  • Strokes.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Decreased sex drive.
  • Nocturia (a need to use bathroom frequently at night).
  • Morning headache.
  • Systemic Hypertension
  • Cardiac Arythmias
  • Myocardial Ischemia
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension

And now Cancer is added to the list of health consequences of untreated sleep apnea.

If wearing a CPAP is stopping you from seeking treatment, you do have other options. Dr. Lydia Sosenko of Dental Sleep and TMD center of Illinois effectively and efficiently has treated sleep apnea and snoring patients with Oral Appliance Therapy. To schedule your appointment for an oral appliance consultation, all our office, 630 369-5508 or 1-800-SNORING.

Please, don’t wait another day to get the sleep you need to stay healthy for life!

6 Easy Tips to Avoid Jet Lag and Enjoy Your Summer Vacation!

  1. Alter your sleep schedule prior to your trip. Calculate the time difference you are traveling to: 1, 2, 6 hour time change? Alter your sleep schedule to fit the time zone you are traveling to at least a few days in advance.
  2.  Pack your oral appliance with you in your carry-on. If your flight is overnight, or you plan to snooze in air, wear your appliance. Not only will you feel better, your fellow travelers will appreciate a snore-free flight.**
  3. Stay Hydrated.  The day prior to and on the day of your flight drink plenty of water and fluids, 8 oz. of fluid for each hour of flight.
  4. Change your electronics to the correct time zone the day of your trip.   Include your watch, phone, computer and any electronics you carry.
  5. Get out in the sun! Even if your body wants to sleep, get out in the sunlight. The sun will help your body “wake up” and get on the new time zone schedule.

**If you currently use a CPAP-machine to treat your sleep apnea and snoring, consider an oral appliance for travel.  Consult with Dr. Sosenko or visit our website TiredofSnoring.com to determine if an oral appliance would hellp you enjoy the vacation of your dreams. Be prepared for your best trip ever!

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Dental Sleep Appliances

WHAT IS O.A.T?  O.A.T. stands for oral appliance therapy, a conservative treatment option that consists of a custom made dental appliance, similar to a sports mouth guard, which is worn at night while you are sleeping.  Oral appliances are commonly used for keeping the airway open by bringing the lower jaw forward and preventing the tongue and other tissue from collapsing back into the throat.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR O.A.T.?  O.A.T. is a good treatment option for patients who snore and/or have mild apnea.  It is also an excellent treatment option for patients with moderate to severe apnea who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy and do not require surgery.  O.A.T. may also be a great option for people searching for a less cumbersome, easily transportable, and much more comfortable than a CPAP machine.

HOW DO I KNOW IF AN ORAL APPLIANCES IS FOR ME?  A minimum of 8 healthy teeth are usually required in each jaw ( 8 on top jaw and 8 in lower jaw.)  CPAP devices may be the “gold standard of care for apnea”, but if you have primary snoring, mild apnea, or are seeking alternative treatment for moderate to severe apnea, an oral appliance may be your best choice of treatment for you.

WHAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE AND ARE THEY COMFORTABLE?  There are many different oral appliances for the treatment of snoring and apnea.  The choice depends on many factors including each person’s individual anatomy and lifestyle demands. They feel similar to professionally fitted sports guards and night guards. Most people find them far more comfortable and convenient than the CPAP device.

                                       

 Samples Of FDA Approved Oral Appliances

YES, I AM INTERESTED.  WHAT IS MY NEXT STEP?   Call our office to set up a consultation visit with our doctors to discuss if oral appliance therapy is the answer for you and which sleep appliance would be best suited for you. Allow a half hour for your New Patient Consultation, if you had a sleep study you will need to fax it to our office prior to your appointment.

Office:  (630) 369-5508  Fax:  (630) 369-7416

Too Tired for the Holidays? Too Tired for Life?

On Dec. 2, 2010, Dr. Sosenko first published this article in Glancer Magazine.  As our team at Dental Sleep and TMD Center of Illinois began setting up our office for the holidays, we remembered how many of our patients commented on being tired of the Holidays.  Here’s the recap:

The first question you need to answer is: How are you sleeping?

 Many individuals suffer from unexplained chronic fatigue symptoms including:

  • Chronic Sleepiness
  • Daytime Drowsiness
  • Depression
  • Poor Job Performance
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Morning Headaches
  • Nocturia

The other day a gentleman came in to my office with his sleep study. For over 5 years he had been subjected to unnecessary and inconclusive medical testing, he was finally asked by his physician if he slept well at night.  His answer? “Not really, I awaken frequently, and sometimes gasp for breath.” His physician recommended a sleep test.  The sleep test results were positive for moderate sleep apnea. He was prescribed a CPAP machine, and found his way to my office to be fitted for an oral appliance.

After years of suffering from symptoms of chronic fatigue, one test changed his life. A sleep test can change your life, too.

Untreated sleep apnea is a life-threatening medical condition which can cause high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, headaches and much more.  If you are snoring, or believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea, Please discuss your situation with your physician.

Dr. Sosenko is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and the founder of Dental Sleep Medicine of Illinois.  She offers snoring and apnea patient’s relief through professional oral appliance device therapy. Visit www.TiredofSnoring.com for more information.

DENTAL SLEEP AND TMD CENTER OF ILLINOIS

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