Dr. Ira Shapira Announces Opening of Chicagoland Dental Sleep Medicine

Dr. Ira Shapira has been a leading advocate for alternative sleep apnea treatments for many years. While CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) has been the standard sleep apnea treatment for a long time, there is growing research that alternative methods produce better results. Throughout his time practicing sleep dentistry in the Chicago area, Dr. Shapira has worked tirelessly to educate patients about the alternatives available for the treatment of their sleep apnea symptoms.

The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition resulting in blockage of your airway while you sleep. As a result, your brain will rouse you from sleep as often as five times an hour in order to regain proper breathing. The main symptom of this condition is loud, chronic snoring.

The consequences for untreated sleep apnea are very serious:

  • Patients’ risk of heart attack and stroke is six times greater
  • Heavy snoring may lead to a tenfold increase in risk of Carotid Atherosclerosis and a 1,000% increase in risk of stroke
  • Sleep apnea patients have slower reaction times than people who have BAC levels over the legal limit and get into six times as many auto accidents

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!

The Problems with CPAP

CPAP is the most common sleep apnea treatment option recommended by sleep dentists. However, the vast majority of CPAP users do not experience success with the treatment. In most cases, this failure stems from lack of compliance. Studies have shown that only 23-45% of CPAP patients actually use the device. Furthermore, many who use it only do so for 4-5 hours a night. In order for CPAP treatment to be effective, it must be used 7 ½-8 hours a night.

CPAP is a device that employs a mask, hose, and pump to deliver air to patients. It is very cumbersome and as a result, many patients find it unpleasant or even intolerable. While it is nearly 100% effective when used, many patients who toss and turn or sleep on their stomachs find it difficult to use the device. As a result, they are not receiving the benefits of this treatment.

CPAP Treatment Alternatives

Dr. Shapira has strongly advocated the use of oral appliance therapy as an alternative treatment to CPAP. Many patients have found oral appliances to be much more comfortable and therefore easy to use.

Both the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine have endorsed oral appliances as an excellent treatment method for mild to moderate sleep apnea. In cases of severe sleep apnea where patients cannot tolerate CPAP, the organizations have found oral appliances to be effective alternative treatments. The National Sleep Foundation has also found oral appliance therapy to be an excellent treatment option for sleep apnea.

Dr. Shapira’s New Chicagoland Office

Dr. Shapira has been helping patients suffering from sleep apnea in the Chicago area for many years. He was an early pioneer of oral appliance therapy and has worked hard to educate sleep apnea patients about the benefits of this treatment method.

Dr. Shapira’s primary office is in Gurnee, Illinois, but he also has sleep apnea treatment facilities in Skokie, Schaumburg, and Bannockburn. He has recently opened a new Chicagoland office at 22 N Morgan in Chicago, just one block from Oprah Winfrey’s studios.

To learn more about oral appliance therapy and other alternative treatments to CPAP, please contact Dr. Shapira today to schedule a consultation at one of his Chicago area sleep dentistry offices.

Call us today at 1-8-NO-PAP-MASK