Sleep Apnea

Many people suffer from sleep apnea; it is a serious and very common sleep disorder that occurs when normal breathing patterns are interrupted during sleep. Patients diagnosed with sleep apnea often experience nightly snoring, but not all patients who snore have sleep apnea.

We usually see two types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea –This is seen most frequently when airflow is blocked during sleep. This usually results when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses during sleep. Obesity is often a factor, but it can be caused by other health issues.
  • Central Sleep Apnea –When there is a problem with the connection between the brain and the breathing muscles, central sleep apnea results. There is no airway obstructive; instead, the brain doesn’t instruct the breathing muscles to do their job. This type of apnea can be a symptom of health conditions such as brain tumors or infections, heart failure, and stroke.

Sleep Apnea Treatments

Fortunately, we treat sleep apnea successfully at Renken Dentistry in Springfield, IL with several treatment options:

  • Having patients change their sleep habits. This can mean simply shifting position.
  • Use of a CPAP (Continuous positive air pressure) device which uses air pressure to keep the airway open during sleep to allow for freer breathing.
  • Oral appliances that that shift, adjust and support the jaw to prevent the airway from collapsing during sleep.
  • Surgery as a last resort, to remove any upper airway obstruction; possibly the tonsils or other portion of the throat or soft palate.

If you or your loved ones are having trouble with snoring or sleep apnea, book an appointment with our office today so we can help decide which of our sleep apnea treatments are right for you!