Sleep Apnea & Snoring

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep in Naperville, IL

Sleep apnea and snoring are medical issues, and can have serious consequences if not treated properly. In accordance with the Grimley Family Dental philosophy, we are concerned with our patients’ overall health, especially when it comes to snoring and sleep apnea.

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

If you snore, are often tired or sleepy during the day, or have ever been told you stop breathing while you sleep, you may be at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea.

OSA has been linked to excessive tiredness, depression, and reduced resistance to infection. Regular snorers have a 33% increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Patients with OSA are four times more likely to have a heart attack. It is also reported that 40-80% of stroke victims suffer from OSA. It can have a significant impact on quality of life, placing unnecessary strain on relationships between bed partners, family, and in the workplace.

Though snoring is a common problem for many people, it can also be a sign of other major health complications. It is estimated that more than 80 million people in North America snore while sleeping, which not only affects the quality of sleep of the snoring person, but also that of sleep of their loved ones and other family members. Luckily, there’s a way to treat chronic snoring right here in Naperville, IL.

What causes snoring?

Snoring can be the result of several factors. Typically, it’s caused by the relaxing of the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth which makes the air passage smaller.

The decrease in space through the airway makes it harder for each breath to get through. When it does get through, it moves over the soft tissues in the mouth and throat and causes a vibration that results in the snoring sound. Other causes of snoring may include:

  • Excess body weight
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Certain sleep aides or sedatives
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

In addition to in-office tests to diagnose OSA, Dr. Grimley offers home sleep study tests to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea or snoring. You simply use a small machine that is worn in the comfort of your own bed, instead of going to a sleep lab for an outpatient service. It will provide us with a detailed report of your possible condition, which we’ll use to determine which type of treatment will be most effective.

Mandibular Advancement Devices

If we determine that you have OSA, then a mandibular advancement device (MAD) may represent a solution and a better night’s sleep. The MAD is a specially designed dental device that gently helps keep the lower jaw, or mandible, in a forward position. Some devices also stop the tongue from falling back over your windpipe. This increases the space in the air passage and helps you breathe better, so you can get a full, quiet night’s sleep. Dr. Grimley will fit these special appliances to meet your individual condition.

Mandibular advancement devices are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand which makes them easy to carry when you’re traveling. The appliance is comfortable and easy to wear. Most people find that it takes only one or two nights to get used to it. In fact, 96% of patients with proven OSA state they will continue to use their oral sleep appliance, and 91% of patients (and their significant others) reported improvement in sleep quality when wearing their oral sleep appliance.

The Advantages of Mandibular Advancement Devices

  • Permits normal mouth opening
  • Allows speech and drinking
  • Safe and effective
  • Clinically validated
  • Custom-fit
  • Full lip seal
  • Easily adjustable

Is a MAD comfortable?

The answer is simple: YES! A mandibular advancement device is made to be comfortable, so you can sleep without even noticing you’re wearing it.

A MAD does not prevent you from breathing with your mouth open and will even eliminate snoring if you have sinus congestion or allergies. You may experience some slight stiffness of the jaw for the first few mornings after wearing the device, but this feeling is only temporary and will go away after you wake up and remove the device.

To learn more about OSA and mandibular advancement devices, contact our Naperville, IL dental office and schedule an appointment and consultation with Dr. Grimley.