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Sleep Apnea Therapy in Fox Chapel

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Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that affects about 20 million Americans each night. It is characterized by a complete stoppage of a person’s breath periodically throughout the night, most often caused by the soft tissues in their mouth and throat. While the most common symptoms are snoring and exhaustion, sleep apnea also significantly increases the risk of depression and heart disease. Dr. Voller has been helping patients treat their sleep apnea for years using oral appliance therapy.

This involves a patient wearing a customized mouthguard that gently positions their jaw so their throat will stay open during the night. It is an alternative to the CPAP machine, and many patients prefer it because it is more comfortable and more convenient. In certain cases, it could be used along with a CPAP.

Alternatively, many patients also suffer from sleep apnea because orthodontic treatment has changed the position of their tongue, causing it to obstruct their breathing. Dr. Voller can also help in these cases, treating the teeth so a patient can breathe easy at night.

If you are constantly exhausted, wake up frequently at night, or snore very loudly, you could be suffering from sleep apnea. As many as 80% of the people who have it are not aware, so if you are dealing with any of these symptoms, don’t wait to get treatment and call us today. Dr. Voller can help guide you through the process of getting a diagnosis and then offer you different treatment options. The sooner you get it treated, the sooner you can start getting the important rest that you need.