A good night’s sleep is necessary for an individual to feel rested and refreshed. Restless or interrupted sleep can leave a person feeling groggy, and it can have serious, long-term health consequences. Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder, affecting approximately 1 in 5 Americans. During episodes of sleep apnea, a patient will repeatedly stop breathing for 10 seconds or more, which lowers oxygen level in the blood.
There are two types of sleep apnea:
Sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing increases a patient’s risk for many serious health conditions, including:
At Eastland Dental Center, serving patients from Normal and Bloomington, IL, Drs. Mike Milligan and Marisa Milligan are trusted and experienced leaders and mentors in advanced dentistry. Our professional team offers a comprehensive array of emergency, family, cosmetic, adult orthodontics, and periodontic dentistry, as well as the screening and treatment for sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can occur at any age and any gender. Common risk factors include:
Our knowledgeable team at Eastland Dental Center believes in investing in effective and progressive technologies and treatments to help our patients achieve optimal oral health and wellness. For patients suffering from sleep apnea or sleep disordered breathing, we offer advanced and comfortable screening through the MediByte system. Developed by leading physicians in the fields of cardiology and sleep medicine, in collaboration with physicists and biomedical engineers, the MediByte system provides accurate, convenient, and non-invasive analysis in the comfort of the patient’s home.
Our doctors recommend treatment, when appropriate, with The Moses Oral Appliance, an FDA-cleared intraoral guard that stimulates reflexes of the tongue and promotes forward positioning of the tongue and lower jaw to create a more open airway. The Moses Oral Appliance allows patients to speak, drink, and open and close their mouths with comfort and ease.
For more information about the causes, symptoms, screening, and treatment of sleep apnea, contact our friendly team today at Eastland Dental Center at (309) 663-4711.