Snoring and Sleep Apnea in Winfield, Illinois



We are now able to treat snoring and sleep apnea with oral appliances. Snoring can often be an indication that a person is suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea is a potentially serious medical condition that can lead to health issues such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and diabetes if left untreated. Drs. Fidanze and Gara have both had extensive training in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea utilizing oral appliances, and are ready to offer a solution to this problem.
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Obstuctive Sleep Apnea occurs when the tongue and the soft palate collapse onto the back of the throat during sleep. In some people, this can cause enough of an obstruction that it blocks airflow through the throat into the lungs. When the oxygen level drops low enough, the brain moves out of deep sleep and the patient partially awakens. The muscles of the airway then contract to open the airway, and the person starts to breathe again, usually with a loud gasp. This process can repeat many times throughout the night. The combination of low oxygen levels and fragmented sleep are the main factors in causing the symptoms the patient may feel. In addition to daytime sleepiness, slepp apnea patients are more likely to suffer from heart problems, stroke, and diabetes, as well as having a higher incidence of work related and driving related accidents.

Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Since OSA is a serious medical condition, it must be diagnosed by a physician. Diagnosis is based on the results of an overnight sleep study called a Polysomnogram. If your sleep physician determines that an oral appliance is the correct treatment for you, we can then fabricate and adjust a suitable appliance for you.
Treatment options:

CPAP - Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is pressurized air generated from a bedside machine. The air is delivered through a tube connected to a mask covering the nose. The force of the pressurized air splints the airway open.

Oral Appliance Therapy - Oral appliances are devices that are similar to orthodontic retainers and sports mouthguards that are used to treat snoring and sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy involves the selection, design, fitting and titration (adjustment) of a custom designed oral appliance that is worn during sleep. Oral appliances may be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies, including weight management, surgery or CPAP. Drs. Gara & Fidanze have the additional training and expertise necessary to fabricate and adjust a custom fitted sleep appliance for you.

Surgical Procedures - In some cases surgery to remove or some of the structures constricting the throat is indicated. Alone, results from surgery are not usually as good as CPAP or oral appliances, however this therapy is sometimes indicated in addition to CPAP or oral appliance therapy.
Oral Appliances - We use only fully adjustible, FDA approved appliances for sleep apnea and snoring, and we follow up with each case to insure the comfort and efficacy of each device.