- January 10, 2014
Do you find that you often wake up feeling exhausted, even after a full night of what should have been restful sleep? Does your partner tell you that your loud snoring frequently wakes them up? Though these problems can be indicative of other health concerns, it’s possible that what you’re experiencing is a condition called sleep apnea. At Lanap & Implant Center of Pennsylvania, Dr. DiGiallorenzo and Dr. Bui want to help you discover the difference that sleep apnea treatment can make in your everyday life.
Why Treat Sleep Apnea?
It’s estimated that approximately 1 in 15 Americans suffer from sleep apnea, many of them entirely unaware of their condition. Sleep apnea restricts the amount of oxygen that reaches the brain, heart and other parts of the body while you’re asleep. Aside from depriving the patient of vital rest during the night, it can lead to more serious problems over time, including the following:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Chronic depression
- Problems with memory and focus
- Persistent fatigue
- Decreased liver function
- Diminished libido
- Migraine headaches
Fortunately, addressing the apnea itself often resolves many of these complications.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
The first step to managing a condition like this is making the decision to consult with Drs. DiGiallorenzo and Bui. In the majority of cases, sleep apnea can be effectively treated with the use of a specialized mouth guard that the patient wears to bed. This device gently pushes the lower jaw into a protruding position, allowing for unhindered breathing throughout the course of the night. Many patients report feeling better in the morning after even one evening of night guard use, enjoying higher levels of natural energy and a lighter mood in general during the day.
If an oral device does not prove effective, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine may be recommended. The patient wears a mask connected to a machine by flexible tubes and breathes a steady stream of compressed air while asleep. Airways are opened and the patient is able to breathe normally and comfortably.
If you or a loved one suffers from sleep apnea or excessive snoring, contact our offices in Williamsport or Collegeville today to schedule your appointment. Dr. DiGiallorenzo and Dr. Bui look forward to helping you begin your journey toward more restful sleep and improved health with sleep apnea therapy. We proudly serve patients in Philadelphia and the surrounding area.