Do you have trouble sleeping? If so, you’re not alone. An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from a lack of sleep—and even exhaustion—caused by sleep apnea. Chronic snoring problems and interrupted sleep aren’t just an inconvenience. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to more serious health risks. Sleep apnea is a common but serious sleep disorder that causes interruptions in breathing during sleep. These pauses in breathing are called apneas and they can happen hundreds of times each night. Sleep apnea can have a negative impact on your health and prevent you from getting the restful night’s sleep your body needs.
Continuously interrupted sleep can result in serious health-related problems.
Potential health issues that may result from untreated sleep apnea include:
Use this brief questionnaire and checklist to determine if you might be at risk for sleep apnea.
Our doctors feel so strongly that knowledge and action can improve and save lives that they are offering a no-cost individual 30 minute consultation on sleep breathing disorders. Whether it’s loud snoring or other sleep apnea symptoms, make sure you are not at risk for this very treatable, potentially life threatening condition. Learn more about sleep apnea and get all of your questions answered. We have a limited number of consultation times available, so schedule yours as soon as possible.
If during your consultation it is suspected that you may suffer from sleep apnea, we will assist you in ordering a convenient and accurate home sleep test designed to assist in the diagnosis of sleep-disordered breathing. In the comfort of your own bed, you’ll wear the testing device while sleeping. A Board Certified Sleep Physician will interpret the data and we will contact you to discuss your results.
There are various methods of treating sleep apnea. One of the following options may be the right solution for you.
These devices are custom fitted by dentists with special expertise and training in treating sleep apnea. They fit in the mouth, similar to a retainer or mouth guard. They open your airway by moving your lower jaw and tongue forward while you sleep. They are small, comfortable and effective.
With Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), patients wear a specialized mask over the nose and face during sleep. The CPAP device delivers a steady supply of air, keeping the airway open. CPAP treatment can be very effective, however the patient must be willing to use it correctly and consistently.
There are several surgical options. Nasal surgery can correct a deviated septum or remove bones in your nose to improve air flow. Surgery may also be performed to remove and/or reduce the size of the soft palate, uvula and back of the tongue. These surgeries are not typically recommended as first line treatments for obstructive sleep apnea.
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Avoid the health risks caused by untreated sleep apnea and live a longer, healthier, more enjoyable life.
James Lillenberg DDS has been in clinical practice for 35 years in south St. Louis County. A native St. Louisan he is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. James has logged 100’s of hours with the Pankey Institute of Florida, Spear Institute of Scottsdale, Arizona and the Seattle Study Club of Seattle, WA. in professional continuing education.
He completed a continuum at The Pankey Institute in Dental Sleep Medicine in April 2016 and a mini-residency in Dental Sleep Medicine at Tufts in April 2017. James is certified by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine as a Qualified Dentist and is currently attaining his Diplomate Status with the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. He is also a board member of the Missouri Sleep Society.
I have sleep apnea. I found Dr. Lillenberg while in search of an oral appliance. I am very glad I did...Dr. Lillenberg is very helpful and cares about his patients. He really takes time and makes sure the patient is satisfied. I am very pleased with my oral appliance as opposed to a CPAP machine. It is very portable and helps me sleep at night. Dr. Lillenberg has improved my quality of life!
I have been using the oral sleep apnea devise for a few months & could not be more pleased. I could not get the sleep doctors forced air machine to work to my satisfaction...I actually quit using the machine. The oral device is easy to use & I have noticed an improvement in my sleep (and a vast improvement in my wife’s sleep)...I not only recommend this type of product but I very highly recommend Dr. James Lillenberg. What a great person & his awesome staff! I give them at least a 5 star review!!
What a difference. I was preparing myself for the worst and it exceeded my exceptations. I was very pleased with the staff and results. Best decision I ever made!