Friday, February 28th, 2014

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Snoring loudly? Do you wake up feeling groggy and unrested?

Snoring may be more than just a sleep habit: it can be an indicator of an underlying health issue that can sometimes be detrimental to overall physical health and well being.

Patients who snore may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition which causes a patient to stop breathing momentarily during sleep and then resume breathing with a loud snore. During these apnea episodes patients with OSA are at risk of developing irregular heart rhythms and reduced oxygen flow to vital organs, including the brain. Snoring can truly be a sign of a serious long term health risk.

At Dental Distinction in Chester Springs, PA, Dr. Jason Petkevis offers sleep apnea therapy for his Philadelphia area dental patients. Dr.Petkevis understands that determining the cause of snoring is an important part of providing the correct treatment for long term relief from symptoms and possible health risks.

Symptoms of OSA:

Sleepiness or fatigue during the daytime
Dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening
Headaches in the morning
Trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, depression, or irritability
Night sweats
Restlessness during sleep
Snoring
Sudden awakenings with a sensation of gasping or choking
Difficulty getting up in the mornings

Dr. Petkevis offers oral appliance therapy for OSA patients: a customized oral device, called a snore guard, that is worn during sleep to help keep the airway open and prevent the sudden cessation of breathing and resulting snoring. Many patients prefer this type of therapy to using a machine device such as the CPAP- it is more convenient and comfortable in most cases.

Oral appliance therapy can help to alleviate your snoring and improve your overall health!

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