Do you snore at night? Snoring is so often thought of as just a common problem—annoying, but harmless. The truth is snoring can actually be a sign of a common sleep condition known as sleep apnea, also known as obstructive sleep apnea. This is a commonly underdiagnosed condition that can come with serious complications if it’s not eventually treated.
Thankfully, treatment is possible. At The Art of Dentistry by Dr. Gershberg works hard to provide personalized care backed by years of training and experience. Patients who struggle with sleep apnea stop breathing momentarily while asleep, forcing them to wake up throughout the night to catch their breath. This cycle of waking and sleeping disrupts the natural sleep rhythm and contributes to feelings of sleepiness during the day. Also, since sleep apnea causes an interruption in breathing, the blood oxygen level drops dangerously low and, over a long period of time can cause a stroke or heart attack.
Very often, treatment of sleep apnea involves wearing a custom-made oral appliance while you sleep. These devices are very comfortable, and make it possible for air to pass in and out of your lungs without obstruction. As a result, oral appliances are also effective at treating snoring.
Are you concerned that you might have sleep apnea? Is snoring driving a wedge between you and your partner? Or maybe you’re struggling with other symptoms, like:
- Morning headaches
- Chronic fatigue
- Difficult concentrating
- Memory loss
- Daytime drowsiness
If you experience any of these, call The Art of Dentistry to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gershberg. We’re happy to consult with you and help you find a personalized treatment option that will meet your needs. We serve patients from the entire Philadelphia area, including Bryn Mawr, Ardmore, Haverford, Villanova, St. Davids, and surrounding areas.