Obstructive Sleep Apnea & Snoring

Pittsburgh Dentist

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) afflicts over 40 million Americans. Untreated, OSA can lead to heart disease, strokes and excessive daytime sleepiness. Did you know that over 100,000 people are killed or injured each year in crashes attributed to a driver who has fallen asleep at the wheel? To learn more call our Pittsburgh Dentist Office.

At least 80 million Americans snore (snoring is a sign of restricted airflow and impeded breathing during sleep), which can result in excessive day-time sleepiness, adversely affect the sleep quality of the snorer’s bed partner and diminish the overall quality of life. Receiving the proper sleep apnea and snoring treatment can lead to a healthier life. Get the proper snoring treatment from an experienced Pittsburgh Dentist.

Snoring Treatment & Sleep Apnea

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine now recommends oral appliances such as a Snore Appliance as a front line of snoring treatment and sleep apnea and in cases where CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) has not been tolerated. What people like about oral appliances is that they fit entirely inside the mouth, they are portable, they do not use electricity or make noise that would bother a sleeping partner, and they allow the wearer to change sleep positions. You can talk and even drink water while wearing appliances. They are usually metal free and the elastic straps are latex free. You can even change the straps yourself if necessary.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call your dentist or physician and make an appointment to find out if you are at risk for or have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Our Pittsburgh Dentist office routinely screens all of our patients for OSA and snoring. We offer a Snore Appliance along with sleep apnea and snoring treatment. We will refer our patients to a specialist if necessary and help those patients who do not tolerate the CPAP.

So if your partner is telling you that you snore, make an appointment with your dentist (or our office, if you do not have a dentist) to find out if you are at risk for OSA. Do not delay. A good night’s sleep is only an appointment away!

Caucasian male with sleep apnea wears a CPAP machine mask in bed.