Did you know that many people who suffer from sleep apnea are unaware of it? Sleep apnea is one of the most prevalent sleep disorders in the US. Children and adults of both sexes are vulnerable to sleep apnea, but it’s most pronounced in men. If this condition is left unattended, it can culminate in health complications and sometimes death. Luckily, the good news is that once this sleep disorder is diagnosed, it can be treated once and for all by our Sleep Apnea Dentist in North Aurora, Illinois.
At North Aurora Smiles, under the care of Dr. Hammad Aziz, we believe that the first pivotal step in the journey of an individual’s wellbeing is a formidable breathing wellness initiative. Do you have anyone in mind you cherish struggling with sleep apnea? We are here to help!
It’s a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal breathing during sleep. Victims of sleep apnea have multiple elongated pauses when breathing while asleep. These common temporary breathing faults propagate reduced quality sleep and disrupt the body’s oxygen supply, resulting in potentially severe health complications such as depression and heart attack.
Obstructive apnea strikes when the victim’s airway gets blocked while asleep. Multiple prevailing factors have been linked with blockage and sleep apnea. They include:
Sleep apnea intensifies episodes of suppressed oxygen supply to the brain and other parts of the body. Sleep quality deteriorates, which causes daytime drowsiness and lack of clarity in the morning. Other symptoms include:
Treatment is designed to normalize breathing when the victim is asleep and address any underlying health problems. These options are based on the cause and severity of symptoms. Some include:
It encompasses following a heart-healthy diet, quitting smoking, managing weight, and limiting alcohol consumption.
Being the primary treatment for sleep apnea, it maintains the airway open by gently supplying a constant stream of positive pressure air via a mask. Someone can adjust the mask and its settings while adding moisture to the air as it flows through the cover, relieving nasal symptoms.
For patients who have mild to moderate sleep apnea or patients who can not tolerate the CPAP, an oral appliance may be an option for them. Most of these appliances fit like a night guard and gently shift the lower jaw to open the airway to allow for better breathing while sleeping.
At North Aurora Smiles, we offer a non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical treatment for sleep apnea, referred to as the Vivos System. Unlike the above two options where the patient will have to wear the CPAP mask or oral appliance for their life to keep the sleep apnea under control, with Vivos patients can be treated in 12-24 months. This technology focuses on treating the core issue, for many people, of an underdeveloped mouth. By expanding and opening up the oral structures, a better airway is established and thus better breathing while sleeping.
Are you struggling with sleep apnea in North Aurora, Illinois? Don’t be stressed anymore; there is a remedy. Please contact (630) 984-2223 to schedule an appointment with North Aurora Smiles. Our goal for you is not just the health of your teeth but the well-being of your entire body.
North Aurora Smiles is a patient-centered practice offering gentle, comprehensive dental care services for the whole family. Our top priority is to ensure the optimal health and wellness of our patients, and helping them to achieve healthy beautiful smiles for life. The doctors pride themselves on being whole-health focused with an overall philosophy of being minimally invasive in their dental treatment.
Dr. Hammad Aziz is a skilled and experienced professional, having graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Cum Laude with departmental honors and obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of Illinois, College of Dentistry. He is certified in Invisalign, Dental Implants, Six Month Smiles (invisible, clear braces), Sleep Apnea/Snoring with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the Institute for Cranio-Facial Sleep Medicine. Dr. Aziz is also certified in Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Therapy, and is a BLS (CPR) Healthcare Provider / ACLS Certified. He is an active member of the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry, and a Member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Founding Member and President Elect of the CM Dental Society, and Past President and Member of the Aurora Dental Society.
Dr. Stephanie Janes earned her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Dental Medicine. While there, she also earned a Master’s degree in Health Service Administration and a Humanitarian Award on behalf of the International College of Dentists. Later, she completed a General Practice Residency through the University of Chicago at NorthShore University HealthSystem – Evanston Hospital. She gained hospital dentistry experience with a focus on medically-compromised patients and emergency dentistry. This program enabled her to enhance her comprehensive dental skills, especially in endodontics and cosmetic dentistry. She is also certified in therapeutic botox and dermal filler treatments to relieve bruxism (clenching and grinding) and TMJ pains, which she is passionate about.