- January 7, 2013
Snoring, while annoying, is usually a harmless problem. Sometimes, it takes years before you even find out that you suffer from it – often from a tired spouse. But what if this pesky night habit is being caused by a much more serious condition? If you snore during sleep, it’s possible you could be suffering from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is defined as the failure to achieve oronasal air flow for at least ten seconds at a time while sleeping. This usually results in the person waking up constantly and gasping for air through grunting or snorting before they fall back asleep, unaware that anything happened. Sleep apnea is a condition that can lead to complications down the road, and it should be treated as soon as possible. Luckily, you can receive personalized sleep apnea therapy at Dr. DiGiallorenzo’s Philadelphia-area offices here in Collegeville and Williamsport. Our team is committed to providing you with a choice of safe, healthy and effective services that will be sure to keep you smiling.
Could I have sleep apnea?
Here are some common indicators that you could be suffering from sleep apnea:
- Is your snoring so loud that it makes it hard for others to sleep?
- Do you often gasp or choke during sleep?
- Do you wake constantly during the night?
- Are you often tired during the day, no matter how much rest you got the night before?
- Does your spouse notice sudden periods of silence when you sleep?
If one or more of these sound familiar to you, discuss your concerns with Dr. DiGiallorenzo as soon as possible.
What kinds of treatments are available?
Here in our Philadelphia-area offices, Dr. DiGiallorenzo can offer you a custom-made, comfortable, and flexible oral device to combat your sleep apnea. By holding the lower jaw in a protruding position, these retainer-like devices can reduce or even altogether eliminate snoring.
If your symptoms don’t respond to the oral device, we can also provide you with a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. You simply wear the provided mask while you sleep, and the attached box keep your airway open and help you continue normal breathing during the night.
You can learn more about sleep apnea and snoring therapy here on our website, or feel free to call either our Collegeville or Williamsport office today to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. DiGiallorenzo. Patients from the Philadelphia area and beyond are always welcome to come in for personalized and wholesome care that puts their health first.