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Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep Well Again with Help from City Smiles in Clayton & Downtown St. Louis.

Are you in looking for help with snoring or sleep apnea St. Louis or Clayton areas? Snoring could be a sign of sleep apnea, a serious, and potentially life threatening condition.

Good news.  Treatment options are available and Dr. Chris Hill, who works at City Smiles downtown and in Clayton, has completed extensive training to help patients who suffer from sleep apnea resolve their symptoms.  Best of all,  our breakthrough treatment method is an alternative to CPAP machines.  With Dr. Hill, you will receive a custom, American-made oral appliance to wear at night.  It fits like a retainer, and helps many of our sleep apnea patients get a much better night’s sleep without the embarrassment and discomfort caused by many CPAP machines.

Do I Have Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is often characterized by “loud snoring” and this condition causes a sleeping person to stop breathing for 10 seconds or more, repeatedly throughout the night. The lack of breath reduces oxygen levels, signaling the brain to wake up and breathe. Some patients with sleep apnea wake up completely, while others simply move into a lighter stage of sleep. The cycle continues throughout the night, sometimes hundreds of times. Because a sleep apnea patient is continually waking, they don’t get the deep, restorative sleep they need to feel rested each day. You might think that the people who suffer the most from sleep apnea re the people who sleep beside someone who snores loudly. While snoring can disrupt the sleep of those around you, it can also have a profound effects on the person snoring, as well.

Problems Caused by Sleep Apnea

The problem of sleep apnea is often the result of blocked airways, which can have several causes including the position of the tongue, the size and shape of the airways, or the swelling of those passageways. Not only can disrupted sleep affect a patient’s mood, it can also affect their health.

While people with sleep apnea think they are resting, their body may be struggling for air and they won’t even know it! As a result, they never achieve the important deep, restful sleep so necessary to good health. People never feel refreshed and are often tired throughout the day.

Stress on the body and decreased oxygen levels in the blood may cause:

  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Uncontrolled weight gain

We see hundreds of patients with sleep apnea at our Clayton and downtown St. Louis dental offices.   Many say that after starting sleep apnea treatment with an oral appliance from Dr. Hill, their lives are transformed because their energy is restored. 

Sleep Apnea Solution from City Smiles Clayton & St. Louis

If you are in the Clayton and St. Louis, MO area and think that you have the symptoms of sleep apnea, the first step is to have Dr. Chris Hill and his team evaluate your airways.  If Dr. Hill determines that you may suffer from sleep apnea, he will refer you to a reputable St. Louis sleep lab for a complete analysis and diagnosis. This sleep test will help determine whether you suffer from sleep apnea or simple snoring.

While the CPAP remains a popular treatment for sleep apnea, many sleep apnea sufferers prefer the alternative of a simple dental appliance.  Dr. Hill  can custom fit you for a comfortable sleep apnea treatment device that re-positions the jaw and tongue, opens the airways, and alleviates symptoms giving you a restful night’s sleep. Just visit our Clayton or downtown St. Louis offices for a visit.  

There are several different types of sleep apnea appliances that can be utilized depending on the patient and the severity of the apnea. These devices are much smaller and less invasive than the CPAP and much easier to travel with. Contact City Smiles in Clayton or downtown St. Louis  for a consultation today.  It’s just another one of the many ways Dr. Chris Hill and the City Smiles St. Louis team can help you smile.