At Allegheny Dental Sleep Center, we are committed to helping you rest better at night, improve your overall health and get you back into bed with your partner. If you suffer from sleep apnea or some other sleep-related breathing disorder, our dentists and team are here to help you. We provide oral appliance therapy as an alternative to CPAP devices, and we will work one-on-one with you to create a customized oral appliance that will be effective for you.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea. OSA is a serious medical condition and is characterized by interruptions and pauses in your breathing patterns while you sleep. These interruptions are typically the result of obstructions in your airway, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or the soft tissues of the throat collapsing. Those who suffer from OSA have a fragmented and disrupted sleep pattern, as well as lower oxygen levels in their body while asleep.
Because this condition is a sleep-related disorder, it can be difficult to diagnose. In fact, we have found that in many cases, people who suffer from OSA are unaware that they have the problem, and the condition is first noticed by their loved ones witnessing them while asleep and realizing that something is wrong with their sleeping and breathing patterns.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Snoring (especially loud snoring)
- Choking, gasping or snoring sounds while asleep
- Gasping or choking sensations while asleep
- Hypersomnia (excessive daytime drowsiness)
- Irritability and moodiness
- Long pauses in breathing while asleep
- Abrupt awakenings during the night
- Shortness of breath when waking
- Headaches upon waking
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
- Poor, fitful or restless sleep
- Frequent visits to the bathroom during the night
- Memory impairment
- Difficulty focusing
Sleep apnea has been known to contribute to other serious health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and liver problems, and is linked to health issues such as anxiety and depression. Our caring team is dedicated to helping you understand your condition and finding a solution that will help you rest better and regain your health.
If you have any questions about sleep apnea treatment in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and if you want to schedule your free consultation with our dentists, please give us a call at 412-315-7934 . You can also learn more about oral appliance therapy by following the link below: