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Sleep Apnea: The Not-So-Silent Killer:

If you snore, you could be doing more than bothering your spouse. You could be risking your life.

More than an annoyance, snoring is a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a condition caused by obstruction near the base of the tongue.

Snoring occurs when the tissues of the throat are so lax or narrowed that air cannot pass normally. The tongue and surrounding tissues collapse to the back of the throat, causing you to momentarily shut off all airways to your lungs. As a result, you stop breathing for periods of time, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute of longer. This causes the brain to initiate a muscle spasm to reopen the airway. The spasm jolts you awake, you start to breath and go back to sleep. Then the pattern repeats.

Video: Expert Sleep Apnea Dentist


Experienced sleep apnea dentist Dr. Beth Snyder discusses treatment options for sleep apnea, including custom oral appliances.

But thats just part of the picture, OSA isn't just about snoring and waking up a lot during the night. There are much more serious problems associated with the condition, including:

  • Heart Problems (Heart attack, congestive heart failure, and hypertension)
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Strokes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • A higher incidence if work-related and driving related accidents
  • Generalized inflammation
  • Teeth grinding

So why is a dentist talking about OSA? Because left untreated, sleep apnea can shorten the average life span by 10 years. Today, progressive dentists, like Dr. Snyder offer treatment for this life threatening condition.

Dental Treatment & OSA


If you are diagnosed with OSA, the most prescribed treatment is a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. The CPAP resembles a gas mask; it’s worn over the face or nose. It’s very effective; the problem is it’s so-uncomfortable people stop using it, putting their health back in danger.

Don’t risk your life. Dr. Snyder offers an alternative to the CPAP: the SomnoDent MAS.

The SomnoDent is an oral appliance that fits over the upper and lower teeth like a mouth guard. It gently and safely holds the mouth and throat in an open position during relaxed sleep, preventing snoring. Its small and custom-made for a perfectly comfortable fit and best of all, it works.

Get back to health, back to comfort and back to sleep. If you’ve been diagnosed with OSA and want a more comfortable alternative for treatment, call us today for information on Sleep Apnea treatments in Philadelphia, Bucks County and Doylestown, PA.

Normal

During normal sleep, the muscles that control the tongue and soft palate hold the airway open.


Snoring

When these muscles relax, the airway narrows. This can lead to snoring and breathing difficulties.


OSA

If the muscles relax too much, the airway can collapse and become blocked, obstructing breathing.




Mike and Gail

My Wife, Gail, went to a sleep lab three years ago, thinking that she had sleep apnea because she never felt rested. The fact is, she didn’t have sleep apnea at all - I did! I was the one keeping her awake, so when she saw Dr. Beth Snyder’s ad, she convinced me to call her for help.

Dr. Snyder educated us on the dangers of sleep apnea. Because I am claustrophobic, I knew I could not use a CPAP. Thankfully, Dr. Snyder had a wonderful alternative - the SomnoDent appliance. She fitted me with this appliance and even though I have a partial denture I can use it perfectly. The very first night I had the appliance we both slept all night! We feel healthy again thanks to Dr. Snyder.

 
   
   
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