Wouldn’t it be great if we could sleep like this and seize the day with energy rather than feeling tired and run down? Believe it or not, Dr. Gotsch might have the answer for you.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a problem that’s diagnosed by your physician. It can lead to hypertension, fatigue, depression and mood swings, and it can even increase your chance of developing Type II diabetes. Sleep studies from peer-reviewed researchers show that a good night’s sleep is necessary to maintain your emotional, physical and mental health.
If you have sleep apnea, most physicians suggest, “Wear your CPAP; it’ll help you breathe and sleep better.” Dr. Gotsch agrees with this advice; it’s considered the “gold standard” for OSA patients. However, many of my patients say, and we quote, “I can’t wear the damn thing.”
Great news: In some instances, Dr. Gotsch has helped his patients who don’t or can’t wear their CPAP mask. In the mid-‘80s, an oral orthotic called a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) was invented to help push the lower jaw forward. This repositioning device opens the upper airway, which allows air to travel less restricted to the lungs, keeping the blood more saturated with oxygen, which in turn can promote emotional, physical and emotional health.
How can I get one? First, Dr. Gotsch suggests that you have a “sleep study,” which is prescribed by your physician; nowadays, this can sometimes be performed in your home. If the results show that you have either “mild” or “moderate” OSA, Dr. Gotsch might be able to fit you for such a device. It’s rare that Dr. Gotsch can say that a filling or a crown can “change your life,” but with these devices, Dr. Gotsch has had patients tell him, “It changed my life!”
Here’s a picture of the device:
P.S. Dr. Gotsch also makes these life-changing devices for his patients who snore. Honestly, he don’t think they appreciate it as much as their spouse or partner does!
We invite you to call Elmhurst Smiles at 630-834-8055 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Philip Gotsch and learn more about how sleep apnea treatment in Elmhurst, Illinois, can benefit you.