Sleep Apnea Treatments Chicago

snoringSleep Apnea Treatments to Help You Wake Up Refreshed

Snoring affects men and women of any shape, size, or age—not just overweight men. It is an ancient problem that can have severe effects on relationships, energy level, and cardiovascular health, to name a few.

Until recently there were few remedies to choose from. Sleep centers became factories where patients would receive diagnostic testing and would be sent home with a CPAP machine. Patients visiting a dental sleep center would get an oral appliance. And, if you saw a surgeon, your only treatment option would be surgery.

More Experience Means More Options

At Chicago ENT, we offer you all those treatment options, plus other minimally invasive and highly effective solutions such as Palatal Stiffening and the Pillar Procedure.

If you or someone you love snores, it’s important to see one of our snoring and sleep apnea specialists to rule out serious underlying medical conditions. In the meantime, there are a number of lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your snoring.

Easy Treatments for Sleep Apnea and Snoring

World-renowned sleep specialist Dr. Michael Friedman and his team of expert ENTs, allergists, head and neck surgeons, and dental sleep specialists now treat snoring and sleep apnea with a number of non-invasive and minimally invasive treatment options. These techniques include nonsurgical tonsil reduction, nasal valve repair, the Pillar Procedure, palatal stiffening, radiofrequency, and the latest innovation, robotic-assisted procedures.

Chicago ENT is just one of four otolaryngology groups in Illinois to offer Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy, a breakthrough treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) for those who cannot use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy.  Learn more about Inspire.

Take the Sleep Apnea Quiz

Does your bed partner complain about your snoring?
Do you or your bed partner often feel tired during the day?
Do you or your bed partner have trouble focusing at work?

If you or your bed partner can answer “yes” to any of these questions, it may be an indication of sleep apnea. People with sleep apnea typically snore and are at increased risk for weight gain, fatigue, hypertension and impotence.

Risk Factors:

  • Family history of snoring
  • Male gender. Men are more likely to snore and have sleep apnea than women, although snoring in women increases after menopause
  • Overweight
  • Nasal congestion
  • Enlarged adenoids and tonsils
  • Using alcohol or sedatives
Symptoms & Signs:

  • Sound sleeping
  • Snoring
  • Disrupted breathing
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Weight gain
  • Dry throat
  • Impaired sexual function
  • Irritability, mood change
  • Daytime sleepiness

Snoring’s Devastating Potential

If you snore, then you already know the effect it has on your relationships and how it has made you less productive at work.  But you should know that sleep apnea can also cause serious health complications, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Decreased mental function
  • Impotence
  • Heart attack
  • Increased risk of auto accident
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Weight gain

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