Obstructive sleep apnea is a concern for millions of Americans who think they just have a snoring problem. Snoring is one thing, but sleep apnea is something else entirely. Though the two share some similarities, the major difference between snoring and obstructive sleep apnea is that, in an apneic episode, breathing actually stops for a short time. Whether for a few seconds or for several, the lack of oxygen reaching the brain during these episodes can have a detrimental impact on health and wellbeing.
One or more of the common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea means that treatment should be sought. In our Normal, IL dental office, we provide comfortable, effective treatment that eases symptoms such as:
Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is designed to keep the airway open throughout sleep, when the muscles in the neck and face relax. The standard treatment most often recommended is CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure.
The way that CPAP works is by forcing the airway open with air, which comes from a small bedside air compressor through a hose connected to a mask strapped around the head. Though this model can be effective at achieving its goal, there are several problems that lead many people to avoid treatment:
Dr. Mike Milligan of Eastland Dental Center offers a comfortable, effective alternative to those who prefer to sleep with the use of a low-profile, unobtrusive appliance. Oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea keeps the airway open by slightly holding the mouth open during sleep. In our experience, patients who choose oral appliance therapy over CPAP treatment achieve better sleep and significant improvement in quality of life.
Regain control over your sleep habits – and your wellbeing – with comfortable sleep apnea treatment. Call for your private consultation.
Dr. Mike completed his doctor of dental medicine degree from Southern Illinois University in 1978. Dr. Marisa completed her doctor of dental medicine degree from Midwestern University in 2015. Both doctors have logged hundreds of hours of continuing education to stay on top of the latest technologies in dentistry as well as the most current research on the oral-systemic, mouth-body connection to benefit their patients. Dr. Mike and Dr. Marisa are active members and in excellent standing with the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, McLean County Dental Association, American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, and numerous other societies.
Both doctors are avid golfers and have won several national golf tournaments over the years. They are the only father-daughter team in the state to have won the Illinois State Amateur Golf Championship. Dr. Mike in 1974 and Dr. Marisa in 2005.