Do you or your partner have issues staying asleep because of snoring? Do you wake up still feeling groggy and tired?
If you are a chronic snorer or often find yourself waking up to breathe, you may have sleep apnea. Millions of Americans snore. However, if snoring is coupled with other symptoms including chronic morning headaches, it may be a sign of the most common type of sleep apnea: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when breathing passages are obstructed by tissue. When airways are blocked, it is difficult to breathe, and vital organs are not getting the oxygen they need. Problems can arise when the airways are obstructed by the tissues when they collapse. Because of this, OSA may lead to serious problems if left untreated. In severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea, patients may have heart attacks, strokes or can die if their breathing is obstructed during sleep.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea can be diagnosed and treated in our Philadelphia, PA office. Dr. Drew Shulman and his professional staff are passionate about providing solutions for all kinds of oral health difficulties. They work with patients to address and treat their oral health issues in a timely manner.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
If you have pauses in breathing or find yourself waking up to breathe, you may have OSA. Signs and symptoms vary from patient to patient. Some patients report not noticing any symptoms because they occur at night while asleep, while others only experience one or two symptoms. Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea can include:
- Chronic migraines and frequent headaches in the morning
- Chronic fatigue, or feeling tired during the day, even after “sleeping” for 6-8 hours
- Feeling “foggy” or unable to concentrate during the day
- Trouble focusing
- Frequent irritability
- Suddenly waking during the night
- Feeling restless at night
- Dry mouth upon waking up
- Always snoring while asleep
Treating Sleep Apnea in Northeast Philadelphia
Dr. Drew Shulman screens for sleep apnea, and provides an at-home sleep study to patients with symptoms. He also provides patients with oral appliances to stop sleep apnea at the source. Made of soft plastic or hard acrylic, oral appliances like splints and night guards are customized to each patient for comfort and ease of use.
Benefits of Oral Appliances
Wearing an oral appliance at night offers multiple benefits to stop sleep apnea and its symptoms. Because they are easy to use, oral appliances are a convenient option for our patients. Oral appliances can:
- Reposition the lower jaw and tongue so that you breathe properly in any position
- Stabilize the jaw to prevent soreness and airway obstruction
- Open up airways
- Increase the tongue’s muscle tone for proper alignment
Treating your sleep apnea can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Rest will also improve your concentration and alertness during the day.
Schedule an Appointment
Get the restful night of sleep that you deserve. Stop sleep apnea from causing breathing and sleep problems once and for all with proper diagnosis and oral appliance therapy. Call Dr. Shulman at (215) 372-1142 for a professional consultation.