Philadelphia Sleep Apnea Treatment
Everyone occasionally snores, especially after consuming alcohol or a heavy meal. However, if your snoring is keeping your partner awake and preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep, you may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
OSA is a sleep-related breathing disorder that affects your quality of life as well as your sleep. But Dr. Debra V. Irvin can minimize the symptoms with a customized oral appliance that’s comfortable and easy to wear.
State-of-the-Art Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a serious chronic disorder that causes pauses in your breathing while you sleep. These breaks in breathing occur when your tongue and the muscles in your throat relax and block your airway. This action cuts off the flow of oxygen, and your body forces you to wake up so you can catch your breath.
For years, the prescribed treatment for sleep apnea was a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device. CPAP is very effective, but many patients don't use it because the mask can be difficult to wear.
If you have sleep apnea but don't like wearing a CPAP mask, a simple customized device prescribed by Dr. Debra V. Irvin may be all you need to get relief.
The device looks a little like a partial denture and is designed to move your lower jaw slightly forward while you sleep. It increases the size of your airway and prevents it from collapsing, allowing you to breathe comfortably and get the rest you need. This device is very helpful for people who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea but cannot tolerate wearing the CPAP mask.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
One of the most obvious symptoms of sleep apnea is excessive snoring. But you may have other symptoms and not realize they’re related to sleep apnea.
If you experience one or more of the following, you may have sleep apnea:
- Waking up gasping for breath
- Noticeable pauses in breathing during sleep
- Awakening in the morning feeling sleepy
- Feeling tired during the day
- Noticing a change in your level of attention, concentration, or memory
As you can see, sleep apnea affects more than your ability to get a good night's sleep! If you have any of the symptoms above, we suggest you contact your primary doctor. He or she will determine whether you require a sleep test to see if you have OSA and how your snoring affects the quality of your sleep.
Dr. Irvin will consult with your sleep doctor to determine whether you are a good candidate for a sleep apnea device. If you currently have a CPAP machine but have trouble wearing it, we can talk to your doctor to see if an oral appliance is a good alternative for you.
Call to Arrange a Consultation
The first step is to give us a call and arrange a consultation with Dr. Irvin. She will evaluate your situation and make recommendations so we can provide you with treatment and the rest you need!