Once merely regarded as a social nuisance, harmless to the snorer, snoring is now regarded as a Sleep Related Breathing Disorder (SBD) and a matter of medical importance, potentially giving rise to adverse health consequences.
Snoring during sleep may be one sign of a more serious SBD, namely obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). People in Cook County who snore should always seek professional medical advice before relying on techniques that may mask symptoms (i.e. snoring) but not treat the underlying condition.
At ORA Oral Surgery & Implant Studio in Chicago, our dual-degree oral and maxillofacial surgeon – Steven Koos D.D.S., M.D. – will closely and thoroughly assess your condition and if appropriate, treat your snoring condition utilizing non-surgical, non-invasive modalities to eliminate your snoring. This will also indirectly help your loved ones get peaceful, undisturbed sleep as well. In many cases the treatment is as easy as fabricating a specially made custom dental appliance to stabilize your tongue or a type called a mandibular advancement splint, which advances the lower jaw slightly, thereby advancing the tongue forward and helping to open the airway. These appliances have been proven to be effective in reducing snoring and also sleep apnea in Chicago in cases where the apnea is mild to moderate.
When it comes to accessing your overall health, evaluating sleep studies (polysomnography), and coordinating with other medical doctors, our clinicians, who are both dental surgeons and physicians are the best suited to deliver the comprehensive treatment that you deserve.
For much more detailed information about snoring, snoring treatment, sleep apnea and sleep apnea treatment please visit our Snoring & Sleep Apnea Website.