By Progressive Dental Solutions
April 09, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Snoring   Sleep Apnea  

Have you heard snoring described as loud enough to shake the windows? Really, though, snoring is no joke because it often signals a real snoring, sleep apneahealth problem called obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. Your Pittsburgh dentist Dr. Michael Hnat, at Progressive Dental Solutions in McMurray, PA, helps people with their disruptive snoring so they can sleep, function well, and feel healthy.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

OSA is a sleep disorder. It occurs when the soft tissues at the back of the throat relax, vibrate, and cover the airway. Breathing stops for up to 10 seconds several times a night, disrupting sleep.

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are linked with serious health conditions, including:

  • Obestiy
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Dementia
  • Type-2 diabetes

More than 18 million people in the United States experience some degree of sleep apnea. CSA, or Central Sleep Apnea, is the less common type, but it, too, is very dangerous as the brain fails to signal the respiratory system to continue breathing. Other individuals have a mixed form of sleep apnea which exhibits features of both OSA and CSA.

What can you do?

Contact Dr. Hnat. He may recommend an at-home or in-office sleep study under the supervision of a physician who specializes in sleep disorders. Once diagnosed, many people use CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) devices at night to keep their airways. However, some patients find the required mask and bedside apparatus difficult to tolerate.

An alternative and simpler treatment, if appropriate, is an oral appliance from our Pittsburgh area dentist. These customized acrylic devices either hold the tongue downward and more forward or re-position the lower jaw. Either way, the airway stays open as the patient sleeps, controlling sleep apnea and snoring.

Find relief

So if you're struggling with snoring or just can't get used to your CPAP machine, contact Dr. Michael Hnat. Board-certified in dental sleep medicine, Dr. Hnat will help you arrive at a solution that works. Oral appliance therapy could be just what you need for a healthy sleep pattern. Call Dr. Hnat in McMurray, PA, and serving the Pittsburgh, today to arrange a personal consultation at (724) 942-5630.