Do I Need to See a Doctor for Snoring and Sleep Apnea?

Question of the Week: “Does a person need to see a medical doctor before seeing you for a mouth device for snoring and sleep apnea?”

Dr. Lydia Sosenko explains that seeing a medical doctor before visiting Dental Sleep Medicine and TMD Center of Illinois for treatment of snoring or sleep apnea is not necessary.

If you have not seen a medical doctor for treatment of snoring or have not been diagnosed with sleep apnea, come see us at Dental Sleep Medicine and TMD Center of Illinois. We can direct you to a medical doctor who is knowledgeable in dental sleep medicine who will help determine if you need treatment for snoring or obstructive sleep apnea.

Call Dental Sleep Medicine and TMD Center of Illinois at (630) 369-5508 or visit for information on what snoring and sleep apnea are or help in determining treatment of snoring or obstructive sleep apnea today.

Can Autoimmune Disorders Lead to Sleep Problems?

Autoimmune disorders can lead to sleep problems

Is your sleep interrupted by aches and pains?

Do you suffer from depression, anxiety and stress and fatigue?

Is sleep apnea a warning sign of autoimmune disorders?

Can autoimmune disorders lead to sleep problems? Studies now show this is a fact. Many people suffer from autoimmune disorders, and their pain can be significant.

Here are ten suggestions to help manage sleep problems:

  1. Create a regular bedtime routine and sleep schedule
  2. Use extra pillows to support painful joints
  3. Enjoy good nutrition and exercise daily
  4. Keep a comfortable temperature in the bedroom (Around 64 degrees is suggested)
  5. Wear comfortable sleep clothing
  6. Try to get 8-9 hours of sleep each night
  7. Try to manage pain with routine massage therapy sessions
  8. Stop alcohol and caffeine consumption well before bedtime
  9. Try acupuncture, meditation or Yoga
  10. Ask your doctor if changes in medication are necessary

Read more on how restful sleep can improve your autoimmune symptoms here:

Don’t put up with sleep problems any longer! See a sleep specialist and allow them to help solve your sleep difficulties.

Dental Sleep and TMD Center of Illinois, a premiere snoring and apnea treatment center in Naperville, has been providing the CPAP alternative treatment of oral appliance therapy successfully for over 15 years. For more information on this physician-recommended treatment option, visit, or call us at (630)369-5508.

Sleep Apnea Awareness and Truck Drivers

This is an article that is worth repeating.  Woman fights for sleep apnea awareness after husband’s death

Please call us (1-800-Snoring or 630-369-5508) or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment if your loved ones have sleep apnea or they are snoring.

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 to determine if an oral appliance would hellp you enjoy the vacation of your dreams. Be prepared for your best trip ever!


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