Imagine life without snoring, sleep apnea, or without the masks and hoses of CPAP
Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that affects more than 20 million Americans. Apnea, meaning "lack of breath," refers to a condition in which breathing stops. Clinically, you are considered to have sleep apnea if your breathing stops for at least 10 seconds five times an hour, causing a return to wakefulness. This means that a person with sleep apnea wakes up at least 40 times in an eight-hour night of sleep. This process of constant waking prevents the apnea sufferer from spending time in deep sleep, which is required for getting good rest. As a result, sleep apnea sufferers are subject to increased risk of:
Sleep apnea is defined as the cessation of breathing during sleep for at least 10 seconds, and at least 5 times in an hour.
But there is help out there!
As a result of sleepiness and other factors, sleep apnea sufferers are twice as likely to be in a car crash than other drivers, and are more likely to suffer serious injury. Many treatments for sleep apnea exist, but the most commonly prescribed, CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, is often disliked by apnea sufferers, and for many people is a moderate improvement at best. Here at the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment Center in Gurnee, Illinois, we seek to provide the best possible relief for sleep apnea sufferers in the Chicago metro area, southern Wisconsin, and northern Illinois.
On these pages you will learn everything you need to know about sleep apnea and its treatment options, including CPAP, which remains a reasonable treatment option for some people. If you want to learn more about us, you can read Dr. Shapira's Profile, or Our Mission Statement. If you are a sleep apnea sufferer, please don't wait another day, but contact us today for a consultation.