By Progressive Dental Solutions
June 18, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

sleep apneaBetween 50 to 70 million American adults have a sleep disorder according to the American Sleep Association. It’s possible that a dentist could be the one to assist you with your sleep disorder if it’s related to obstructive sleep apnea(OSA) . OSA is associated with significant medical comorbidities including high blood pressure,A-fib, increased risk of heart attack and stroke as well as Type 2 Diabetes, acid reflux and ,most recently, glaucoma. Learn about how Dr. Michael Hnat at Progressive Dental Solutions for Sleep and TMJ in McMurray, PA is helping patients improve their quality of life and reduce their medical risk by managing their disorder using a custom-fabricated dental mouthpiece.

Why Uninterrupted Sleep Is So Important
While popular culture sometimes pushes the narrative that it’s not necessary to get that much sleep, it is essential for physical and mental reasons. Having an uninterrupted night of sleep comes with the following benefits:

- Faster processing of thoughts and ideas when working.
- Better memory.
- An overall better mood throughout the day.
- Sleep heals and restores your body.

Sleep Apnea: A Common Sleep Disorder
One of the most common sleep disorders that patients struggle with is called obstructive sleep apnea. The air passageway becomes blocked while you are sleeping due to fatty tissue or the tongue falling backward to the throat. You’ll wake up dozens of times throughout the night and not realize it. Snoring is also a symptom. A common treatment for this problem is a CPAP machine, but a less complicated solution oral appliance therapy may be available from our Pittsburgh area dentist Dr. Michael Hnat.
How Your Dentist Can Help
To diagnose your sleep disorder, your dentist will ask you questions about the symptoms you’re experiencing and can refer you to a sleep lab for diagnosis if sleep apnea is suspected. If obstructive sleep apnea is the problem, a special oral appliance will be created. Wearing this custom-made mouth device while you sleep can clear up the air passageways and stop loud snoring. Simply wear the device at night and wake up knowing that you have had a better night of sleep.

Call Your Dentist
Restore your ability to sleep throughout the night comfortably with the help of Dr. Michael Hnat at Progressive Dental Solutions for Sleep and TMJ, serving the Pittsburgh, PA area. Call (724) 942-5630 today to schedule a sleep disorder examination with Dr. Michael Hnat, board-certified in dental sleep medicine and craniofacial dental sleep medicine.