- April 19, 2013
For most people, snoring is a harmless, if annoying, problem. In fact, it may have taken you years to even realize you suffer from the condition, especially if you tend to sleep alone. However, while snoring on its own isn’t necessarily a cause for concern, it can be an indicator of a much more serious condition: sleep apnea. Characterized as brief, constant pauses in breathing throughout sleep, sleep apnea should be addressed and treated as quickly as possible in order to prevent potentially serious problems down the road. Thankfully, Dr. DiGiallorenzo is happy to help here at his Collegeville and Williamsport offices. Our capable team can help both chronic snorers and patients suffering from sleep apnea by finding the solution that best fits their unique needs. We’ll do our best to help patients receive the rest they’ve been missing and get back to smiling sooner!
What can cause sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea can be induced by a number of factors, including:
- Throat and tongue muscles that relax more than normal during sleep.
- Certain physical attributes, such as the shape of the neck and head, a deviated septum, etc.
- Nasal blockage that’s caused by smoking or allergies.
- Obesity (although half of the people diagnosed with sleep apnea are not overweight)
- Large tonsils or adenoids
I’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea! How can you help me?
For several patients who are suffering from sleep apnea, treatment is very simple. Dr. DiGiallorenzo can create a custom-made oral appliance that reduces snoring by holding the lower jaw in a slightly protruded position. These comfortable and flexible pieces even allow the wearer to open and close their mouth freely while in use!
If an oral device doesn’t help your condition, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine may provide more thorough support. This device includes a mask that is worn while sleeping, through which compressed air flows through tubes connected from the mask, keeping the patient’s airway open and free of obstruction.
Dr. DiGiallorenzo and his dedicated team will be happy to discuss any and all options thoroughly and find the one that fits your needs and lifestyle best. Contact our Collegeville or Williamsport office today to schedule your next appointment! We love being able to give patients from the Philadelphia area and beyond new reasons to share their smile with the world!