Sleep apnea is a condition that disrupts your sleep because your breathing stops and starts repeatedly. Left untreated, it can endanger your overall health. Dr. Nancy Aharon helps residents of the Turtle Creek and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, communities restore healthy, regular breathing during sleep. Call Pittsburgh Sleep & Smile or book an appointment online today to put an end to sleep apnea once and for all.
Sleep apnea is a disorder that occurs when your breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep. When you stop breathing, your brain is not getting enough oxygen, which can lead to severe issues, such as:
There are two types of sleep apnea:
Sleep apnea has multiple symptoms, and they often overlap. Symptoms include:
The causes of sleep apnea include:
Pittsburgh Sleep & Smile specializes in providing their patients with individualized solutions to sleep apnea. Dr. Aharon performs a sleep study to determine how severe the apnea is and determine the proper course of treatment.
Most commonly, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices are used to help alleviate sleep apnea symptoms. This device administers pressurized air through a mask into the respiratory system. However, various forms of dental mouthpieces and devices work to solve the same issues as CPAPs, with less inconveniences and more demonstrated results.
The team at Arahon & Associates recommends two types of dental devices:
Patients have reported that dental devices are more comfortable than CPAP masks. These devices don’t pulse pressurized air into your sinuses, so you’re less likely to experience the dryness and itchiness provoked by CPAP masks.
Dental devices are also small and not cumbersome. That means that if you move a lot during sleep, you won’t have to worry about getting entangled with a pressurized air machine.
Contact Pittsburgh Sleep & Smile immediately if you feel you’re experiencing sleep apnea.