Your Guide to Sleep Apnea in Philadelphia, PA

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We Treat Sleep Apnea & Snoring

Sleep apnea and snoring can wreak havoc on your personal health and the health of your relationship. When the airway is partially obstructed, we snore. As we draw a breath, the opening it passes through is partially obstructed and the air rushes in faster, causing the surrounding tissues to vibrate and create the classic snoring sound. 

While loud snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, not everyone who snores has the disorder.  Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea and is caused by a complete or partial obstruction of the upper airway. 

As a result, breathing repeatedly stops and starts throughout the night. The continuous loss of oxygen places additional stress on various systems throughout the body and can lead to serious health consequences if left untreated. 

Both sleep apnea and snoring can leave you feeling exhausted, irritable, and unable to concentrate. Dr. Slobodinsky offers a well-rounded treatment that addresses the underlying issues so you can get a good night’s rest.

Zyppah professional oral device in gray and lime green

Alternatives to CPAP

While a CPAP machine is a trusted method for treating severe sleep apnea, many patients complain that it’s uncomfortable and inconvenient. As a result, they typically stop using it within the first year. A CPAP machine transports a steady stream of air through a hose, into a mask, and then into the patient’s airway, thereby preventing it from collapsing. 

For patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, an oral appliance is recommended. An oral appliance is a custom-made mouthpiece that’s used to treat sleep apnea and snoring. It’s comfortable, easy-to-use, and doesn’t make any noise. We use the Zyppah appliance employs elastics to pull the lower jaw forward, ensuring that the jaw can move freely in any direction during the night. We believe it’s the most comfortable and effective appliance available for treating sleep apnea.

The Effects of Untreated Sleep Apnea

Untreated sleep apnea can have various long term effects on your health. When you stop breathing, your blood oxygen levels drop, your heart speeds up, and your blood pressure increases. As a result, untreated sleep apnea has been linked to serious health consequences such as high blood pressure, strokes, heart disease, heart attack, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes.

In addition to long-term health complications, it also affects your quality of life. Patients with sleep apnea complain of memory problems, weight gain, and headaches. They also have more difficulties keeping a job and are more likely to get in a car accident. 

A Convenient Treatment for Sleep Apnea

If you have sleep apnea, seeking treatment is vital to your health. A customized oral appliance can help treat your disorder while improving the quality of your sleep, and your life. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Slobodinsky by calling (215) 739-2543. Your ticket to a better night’s sleep is just around the corner.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is sleep apnea hereditary?
Are there alternative ways to treat sleep apnea?
I think I suffer from sleep apnea. What do I do?
What sleeping position is best for sleep apnea?

Is sleep apnea hereditary?

If your parents suffer from sleep apnea, you’re 50 percent more likely to develop a sleep disorder. Sleep apnea can be caused by a variety of factors, such as a narrowed airway, genetics, excess weight, nasal congestion, and smoking.  Fortunately, Dr. Slobodinsky offers several sleep apnea treatments to relieve symptoms and help you get a good night’s rest.

Contact our Philadelphia office at (215) 739-2543 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Slobodinsky. He’ll review your symptoms and determine whether you’re showing signs of sleep apnea.  If so, he’ll recommend a sleep test so we can get a better understanding of your condition to provide you with the best possible care.

Are there alternative ways to treat sleep apnea?

Making certain lifestyle changes can significantly help reduce sleep apnea symptoms when combined with CPAP use or oral appliance therapy. Natural remedies to help treat sleep apnea include losing weight, regular exercise, avoiding alcohol and sedatives, and positional therapy. 

I think I suffer from sleep apnea. What do I do?

If you think you’re suffering from sleep apnea, the first step is to undergo a sleep study for a proper diagnosis. A sleep study, or test, can be carried out in an overnight sleep lab under the supervision of a physician, or in the comfort of your own home without supervision. With an at-home sleep study, you’ll bring the equipment home and follow the instructions. 

After your sleep study is complete, the data will be reviewed and you’ll be notified within a few weeks of your diagnosis. A sleep study is necessary to receive a clear and accurate diagnosis for your condition, allowing our team to provide you with the best possible care. Once you have the diagnosis, Dr. Slobodinsky can help determine the most effective solution for treating your sleep apnea. 

What sleeping position is best for sleep apnea?

If you have sleep apnea, you may find some relief by sleeping on your side because your airway is less likely to collapse or restrict air. However, side-sleeping may not be an effective option for everyone because there are various causes for sleep apnea. 

Dr. Slobinsky will suggest lifestyle adjustments such as the use of special pillows designed to help with sleep apnea in addition to other trusted solutions, such as an oral appliance so you can enjoy the benefits of a healthy night’s rest.

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