Dr. Ken Siegel has been practicing in the Philadelphia area for over 25 years. His training includes the analysis and treatment of sleep apnea and snoring problems that affect millsions of Americans every day.
Many of our patients ask the obvious questions, "Why would I see a dentist about my sleep problems?" The answer is simple: many problems with snoring and sleep apnea can easily be treated using oral appliances instead of resorting to complicated, uncomfortable CPAP treatment.
Dr. Siegel has been specially trained to treat mild to intermediate cases of sleep apnea using non-invasive procedures. He will help you get the care you need to overcome snoring and sleep apnea conditions.
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What is Sleep Apnea?
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Dr. Kenneth Siegel
Apnea is a Greek word that literally means “want of breath”. Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA is a breathing disorder. Episodes of Sleep Apnea occur during sleep when the tissue in the back of the throat collapses and blocks air from getting into the lungs.
When the blood-oxygen level drops from lack of air, the body suddenly wakes up. It happens so quickly that the sleeper may not remember it. But they sure will feel it the next day. Waking up, sometimes hundreds of times a night can make you feel tired and drained the next day.
According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, more that 18 million Americans suffer from Sleep Apnea. Sufferers may experience dozens or even hundreds of episodes per night. Loud snoring is an indicator of Sleep Apnea.
Snoring is created by the partial blocking of the airway. When you fall asleep your muscles relax, including those that control the tongue and throat. The soft tissue at the back of your throat can sag, narrowing the airway.
Incoming air then causes the tissue of the soft palate, the uvula (the organ that dangles in the back of your mouth) and the tissues of the throat itself to vibrate, creating the sound we know as snoring.
It is important that you come in and see Dr. Siegel if you believe you are experiencing episodes of Sleep Apnea. Call now to schedule a Sleep Consultation at 610-272-0828 or request an appointment online.
What Are The Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea?
The most common symptoms of Sleep Apnea that you may notice include:
- Loud snoring
- Excessive daytime sleepiness.
- Feeling unrested after a full night’s sleep.
- Morning or night headaches.
- Heartburn or a sour taste in the mouth at night.
- Swelling of the legs.
- Getting up during the night to urinate.
- Bed wetting.
- Sweating and chest pain while you are sleeping.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea that others may notice about you include:
- Episodes of not breathing, which may occur as few as 5 times an hour (mild apnea) to more than 50 times an hour (severe apnea).
- Loud snoring.
- Restless tossing and turning during sleep.
- Nighttime choking or gasping spells.
Sleep Apnea has been linked to more severe medical problems including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches.
It is important that you come in and see Dr. Siegel if you are experiencing any of the above sleep apnea symptoms. Call 610-272-0828 to schedule a Sleep Consultation at our Philadelphia office or request an appointment online.
How Does Dr. Siegel Treat Sleep Apnea?
At our Philadelphia office, sleep apnea treatment begins with a thorough evaluation of each patient. You can start by filling out our special Dr. Siegel’s Sleep Survey Questionnaire, which helps Dr. Siegel understand your exact symptoms and problem. Once we have your results from the initial questionnaire, we will schedule an initial consultation and oral exam.
After your Initial Consultation and exam, if Dr. Siegel believes that you may be a sleep apneic (a person who suffers from sleep apnea), he will order a Sleep Test. Although you can take this test in a nearby sleep test clinic, Dr. Siegel can provide you with an easy-to-use special sleep test machine that you can use comfortably while you sleep at home in your own bed.
Whether you take the Sleep Test at the clinic or at home, the test results will be analyzed by a professional Sleep Technician. Once the results are in, Dr. Siegel can begin treating your Sleep Apnea.
If you believe that you may suffer from sleep apnea, call our Philadelphia office at 610-272-0828 to schedule a Sleep Consultation with Dr. Siegel or request an appointment online.