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Sleep Apnea Treatment in Chicago, IL

If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and you’re looking for an alternative to a CPAP machine, a trip to the dentist can help. Wicker Park Dental Group offers solutions for your sleep apnea that can keep your airway clear and help you get the rest you need with a portable, easy-to-use oral appliance.

The link between oral health and sleep apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder affecting millions of Americans, but many may go years without realizing it. People with OSA stop breathing at night when the muscles in their tongue and throat relax and constrict their airway. While there are many factors that can contribute to sleep apnea, such as smoking and drinking alcohol or excess weight, your oral health plays a big role. Tooth decay, malocclusion, and dental crowding prevent your teeth from resting together properly, which can restrict your airway and put you at a higher risk for sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea has a wide range of devastating health effects, including hypertension, depression, and anxiety, and without treatment, it can be a life-threatening issue. Your dentist can work with you by treating decay and working with you to improve your resting oral posture, so your airway can remain open while you sleep. However, there is another, more immediate way they can offer relief.

Using an Oral Appliance for sleep apnea

While improving your oral health may help in the long run, the dentists at Wicker Park Dental Group can help you get relief much sooner by crafting you a custom-fitted sleep guard. This oral appliance works by pushing your jaw forward and keeping your tongue pressed against the roof of your mouth, creating more space for your airway. Patients with OSA that use nightguards can achieve deeper sleep for longer so their brain and body can get the full benefits of a good night’s sleep.

Your dentist will make an impression of your teeth to send to the dental lab, where they will create your nightguard. Once it’s ready, you’ll come into the office to evaluate the fit and learn the best ways to clean and care for it to help it last longer and prevent issues with your oral health. Nightguards don’t work for all forms of sleep apnea, so it’s crucial that your dentist works with your healthcare provider to determine the best course of action for your issues. To learn more about how we can help, contact our office in Chicago, IL, today at (773) 276-5566 to set up your consultation.

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Dr. Raj

Dr. Raj of Wicker Park Dental Group finished his Advance Education in General Dentistry at the College of Dental Medicine at Columbia University, where he served as Chief Resident. He received extensive training in implantology and various aspects of dentistry.

Dr. Raj is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and is also Invisalign and soft tissue laser certified. His work in full mouth rehabilitation, dental implant placement, and implant-supported dentures gives patients a reason to smile confidently again. Dr. Raj is also a caring, compassionate dentist who also provides safe, comfortable treatment for geriatric patients and patients with special needs.

In his free time, Dr. Raj enjoys walking, hiking, traveling, cooking, and watching movies with his wife and two kids.

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Dr. Gopisetty

Dr. Gopisetty is passionate about giving people brighter and healthier smiles through the use of innovative techniques. By investing in the latest technology and training, Dr. Gopisetty and his team are able to provide patients with the highest level of dental care, from preventative to cosmetic.

Advances in technology and techniques allow for specialized services, including cosmetics, Invisalign®, and guided dental implants. In addition, digital dentistry enables him to provide crowns, veneers, and even bridges without goopy impressions. In his free time, Dr. Gopisetty enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.

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“As a person who hates needles and had bad teeth let me tell you how much I hate the dentist office. Some of my experiences have been so painful I wait until I absolutely have no choice before returning. All of that changed with my experience here! The staff top to bottom front house to back room 5 Star amazing. The doctor so kind so patient explained everything in detail a ton of options. And last but not least … but most important to me little to no pain. Thank the heavens for “ these great people” I’m a customer for life and I look forward to better oral health. Sincerely, ( with a tear of joy ) Orlando.”

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