At Gerald Regni, DMD & Associates we are pleased to assist patients from Philadelphia and the neighboring communities of Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C. with your family’s dental needs. We take into account your overall health to gain a clearer picture of your oral health concerns.
One of the services we provide is sleep apnea treatment to resolve neuromuscular issues for the relief of symptoms you may be experiencing. If you have symptoms of sleep apnea that include your partner telling you that you were loudly snoring again, wake up with headaches and a sore or dry throat, have little energy during the day, and are frequently moody, there is help available.
An important thing to remember is that sleep apnea symptoms should never be ignored. It is a serious sleep disorder that manifests by interruptions or pauses in a person’s sleep. Left untreated, your interrupted sleep causes you to stop breathing often hundreds of times throughout the night. Your brain and other areas of the body are being deprived of necessary oxygen for good health, including physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
So why is sleep apnea happening? With obstructive sleep apnea or OSA, your airway is blocked as the soft tissues in your throat (or tongue) relax and collapse, obstructing your airflow while you sleep. With central sleep apnea, your brain doesn’t signal your muscles to breathe because of issues with your respiratory control center.
Both types of sleep apnea keep you from breathing naturally and getting the oxygen you need for good health and can leave you with more than a poor night’s sleep. Your blood pressure rises and you are at greater risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, liver disorders and depression. Sleep apnea is common and can happen to people of all ages, even children.
Typically, sleep apnea affects men more than women and is exacerbated by excessive weight and a large neck size. It is more common for those over 40, can run in your family, and can affect people with big tonsils or tongue size, or those who have a small jawbone. It can also be caused by a deviated septum, issues with the sinuses or constant allergies.
Treating sleep apnea starts with a diagnosis by a sleep physician. Depending on the severity of your symptoms (mild to moderate sleep apnea) and your unique needs, your sleep apnea may be alleviated by wearing an oral appliance that keeps your airways open while you sleep.
If you are looking for help with your sleep apnea issues, or you suspect you might have it, Dr. Regni and our team are ready to help. Call us today at 215-351-9399 or fill out our request form to schedule an appointment in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Get the help you deserve for a good night’s sleep!