Sleep Apnea Treatment
During your treatment consultation, Dr. Siegel will check to see if any of your symptoms point towards sleep apnea. If you do in fact suffer from a variety of these symptoms, Dr. Siegel will work with you to schedule a sleep study that is monitored by a sleep physician. Sleep studies can either be conducted at your home using an ambulatory unit, or at a local sleep laboratory. Dr. Siegel cannot diagnose sleep apnea but if a positive diagnosis is received, you can work with him for proper treatment.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Often referred to as OSA, obstructive sleep apnea is a type of apnea that occurs when the airway becomes narrowed or block. When the air way is blocked completely, breathing can stop and even partial obstruction causes breathing to become irregular. Sufferers often experience dozens or possibly even hundreds of apnea episodes each night. Since obstructive sleep apnea episodes (called apneas) only happen while one is sleeping, sufferers can live with the condition untreated for years, wondering why they always feel tired when they wake up.
Call now for a Sleep Consultation
During your first visit, Dr. Siegel will determine if you have any of the common symptoms. If you have any of these symptoms, we will recommend a sleep test, which can be taken at a local sleep clinic or in the comfort of your home. Sleep apnea is a life-threatening condition, but with treatment risks can be minimized. If you are diagnosed with mild or moderate sleep apnea, Dr. Siegel will offer you a comfortable, convenient treatment.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Some of the most commonly seen symptoms include:
- An unrefreshed feeling after waking
- Morning or nighttime headaches
- Chronic daytime sleepiness
- Frequent nighttime urination
- Chest pain and sweating while sleeping
- Swelling of the legs
- Heartburn/acid reflux at night
- Night time gasping spells
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Periods when the patient stops breathing during sleep
Treating Sleep Apnea
There are a variety of ways to properly and effectively treat this disorder. Dr. Siegel uses the SomnoDent® MAS as well as other appliances as needed. The SomnoDent is worn over the teeth while the patient sleeps, advancing the mandible (lower jaw), thereby increasing the dimensions of the upper airway. This reduces the chances of the airway collapsing or narrowing. The SomnoDent® MAS is a custom-fit oral device that is made up of upper and lower dental plates with a unique, patented fin on each side. Unlike other oral appliance therapy devices, the fin mechanism allows the patient to maintain normal mouth opening and closing while wearing the device which means that wearing it is much more comfortable.
Utilizing our advanced cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) system, we can measure your airway to see where and why it is collapsing. We can examine the effect of the oral appliance to make sure it is an effective treatment for your sleep apnea.
Treatment is a must if you want to live a longer, healthier life. Come to our Philadelphia office today to get the treatment you need! Contact us online or call (610) 272-0828 to schedule an appointment.