Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

How is Sleep Apnea Treated?

Sleep apnea is a very common and very serious medical condition in which the sufferer experiences stoppages in breathing while he/she sleeps. People with sleep apnea may stop breathing for several seconds hundreds of time throughout the night. Needless to say, this condition can have some very serious side effects on the mind and body including:

Depression
Anxiety
High blood pressure
Fatigue
Mood swings
Short-term memory problems
Memory problems Attention problems
Dry mouth
Diabetes
Sore throat

We have become very well-known for our saying, "I hate CPAP," but, in actuality, we don't really hate CPAP; we just realize that it's terribly uncomfortable and inconvenient for the patient. For this reason, we provide our patients with a variety of treatment options for sleep apnea that are much more pleasant than CPAP. It is estimated that a very low percentage of people using CPAP actually tolerate it as directed. Some of the other sleep apnea treatments Dr. Ira Shapira, Gurnee, Illinois dentist and his patients have had great success with include:

Use of dental appliances
Behavior modification
Medication
Surgery

After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Shapira will discuss with you which treatment plan would be best for your needs and the severity of your case.

To learn more about treatments for sleep apnea, please visit the website of I Hate CPAP! today. Cosmetic dentist, Dr. Ira Shapira, and his dental team in Gurnee, Illinois will work hard to find the right treatment for you.

posted by Lynn at 9:31 AM