At the office of Andrew Cohen, DMD and Associates, we are committed to helping you improve your oral and overall health so that you can enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Our dentist provides sleep apnea therapy to help you breathe more easily at night and get the rest you need. When you visit our office, you can count on us to listen to your concerns and provide you with the information you need to make the decisions that are right for you.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a medical condition characterized by pauses and interruptions in your breathing pattern while you are asleep. Interruptions in your breathing are caused by obstructions in your airway, usually when the soft tissues of the throat collapse or when the tongue rolls back in the throat. When the brain realizes that the body is not receiving oxygen, it will trigger the body to wake up, albeit briefly, in order to resume regular breathing. These interruptions may occur multiple times each night, and can last for up to 30 seconds. In many cases, the individual suffering from OSA does not even realize that they have been waking up multiple times each night due to difficulty breathing.
Because OSA is a sleep-related disorder, it can be difficult to diagnose. In fact, many people who suffer from this condition are unaware of the problem and do not know that they are not actually getting a full night’s rest. Sleep apnea is often noticed first by others who see their loved one sleeping and realize that something out of the ordinary is happening this their sleeping patterns and breathing.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Nightly or near nightly snoring
- Choking, gasping or snorting sounds while asleep
- Gasping or choking sensations while asleep
- Hypersomnia (excessive daytime drowsiness)
- Long pauses in breathing
- Waking abruptly in the night with shortness of breath
- Headaches upon waking
- Waking with a sore throat or dry mouth
- Visiting the bathroom frequently throughout the night
- Sleep that is fitful, restless or otherwise poor
- Mood swings, depression and irritability
- Memory impairment
- Difficulty focusing
- Insomnia (difficulty sleeping)
If untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to a number of serious medical conditions, include high blood pressure, liver problems and heart disease.
We encourage you to contact us at 215-572-7566 to learn more about sleep apnea therapy in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Andrew Cohen. You can also learn more about our treatments for sleep apnea here: