Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that affects your breathing as you rest and the term comes from a Greek term meaning ‘want of breath’. It is a progressive condition, which can worsen over time with cessations of breathing increasing with time.

It is characterized with snoring and this is where the problem comes in; most people actually assume it is not a big issue. If your spouse is constantly complaining about your snoring, it is time to talk to a sleep apnea dentist in Orland Park.

While lifestyle changes, such as loss of weight, smoking cessation and exercises are recommended for mild conditions, your doctor at Complete Dentistry of Orland Park will use modern treatment techniques for more severe cases. Some sleep apnea treatments Orland Park doctors use include:

  1. Oral appliance therapy (OAT): An oral appliance is fitted in the mouth to prevent collapse of the soft tissues and the tongue back into the throat. The appliance supports the jaw in a forward position, keeping the airway open always.
  2. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP): This is rated as the most effective technique and it involves wearing a mask over the nose, which provides pressurized air into the airway.
  3. Corrective surgery: Another alternative that can include tissue removal, jaw repositioning and new air passageway creation.

Of course, each patient is unique, which makes a visit to a certified doctor for assessment very important. Call us at 877-478-1353 for the most effective apnea solution in the city.