Learn About Sleep Apnea, Snoring and
WHAT IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA (OSA)
No one wants to wake up feeling tired and groggy. For more than 18 million Americans, this happens almost every morning. Along with these feelings, a consistent lack of sleep can lead to serious health problems. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway from your mouth to your lungs collapses. The result is that the flow of oxygen to your brain stops.
To help you learn more about this potentially deadly disease, we are providing the information below. Through this website we have provided a brief sleep screening questionnaire which will allow you to better understand your risk level for sleep apnea. We encourage you to utilize both resources and to share this page with friends, co-workers and loved ones who might benefit
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Memory issues
- Not feeling rested upon waking up
- Tired all of the time
- Waking up from sleep gasping or choking
- Personality changes
- Lack of energy
- Increased risk of sudden heart attack
- Daytime fatigue
- Congestive heart failure
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Bruxism (clenching/grinding teeth)
- Atrial fibrillation (A fib)
Sleep Apnea can lead to SERIOUS health conditions if not diagnosed and treated properly. If you have any of these symptoms or concerns please contact us for a FREE CONSULTATION.
Types of Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea is a common and serious condition that causes you to stop breathing while you are sleeping. When left untreated, sleep apnea can be very dangerous to both your physical and mental health!
There are three types of sleep apnea: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Central Sleep Apnea and Mixed Sleep Apnea. Snoring is a common symptom of apnea, although not all snorers have apnea. Our Sleep Apnea Quiz can help you better understand your personal risk level for sleep apnea.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea and occurs when the upper airway becomes blocked during sleep. This signals your brain to wake you up so that you start breathing again. Each of these events last anywhere from 10–20 seconds each, and can happen as much as hundreds of times a night.
- Central Sleep Apnea is a neurological condition where the brain fails to signal the parts of the body that control breathing. Central Sleep Apnea is a less common form of sleep apnea, and is most often caused by a medical condition affecting the brain stem.
- Mixed Sleep Apnea is a combination of both Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Central Sleep Apnea, and is sometimes caused by using a frequently prescribed CPAP machine.
Are You Worried That You or Your Partner Might Have Sleep Apnea?
Treatment You Can Trust
Dr. Schwan and his staff are specifically trained in Sleep Medicine and Sleep Dentistry, to help you breath easily for a better night’s sleep.
Because of this training, our West Chester, PA office can effectively treat snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. Not all snorers have sleep apnea but unless properly tested and diagnosed, untreated sleep apnea can be dangerous. These include but are not limited to high blood pressure, stroke, heart arrhythmias, heart failure, diabetes, depression and ADHD early on in children.
How It Works
Your first visit with Dr Schwan will begin with an assessment and questionnaire. We’ll discuss your specific sleep disorder before moving onto an airway assessment, where we will look at your baseline airway and collapsed airway with a pharyngometer, an acoustic measuring device. If you’ve already had a sleep study, Dr. Schwan will review this with you. If you have not had a sleep study, then our team will work with a trusted sleep physician, who will evaluate an at home sleep study provided by us and/or a sleep study at a medical facility. Once we have gathered all the information we need, to fully understand your unique situation, we can begin recommending some treatment solutions.
ECCOVISION ACOUSTIC DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SYSTEM
Dr. Schwan and his sleep experts use Sleep Group Solutions Eccovision Acoustic Pharyngometer/Rhinometer system to assess and measure your baseline and collapsed nasal and oral airways. The Pharyngometer uses acoustic soundwaves to measure how large the airway is. The Eccovision Acoustic Pharyngometer/Rhinometer system is FDA cleared and is considered a highly effective way to identify the severity of airway collapse when diagnosing snoring and sleep related breathing problems.
ARES APNEA RISK EVALUATION SYSTEM
In order for an accurate sleep apnea diagnosis to be made, an overnight sleep test is usually required. In the past, the patient would have to go to a sleep lab for an overnight study in that facility. This took time, was inconvenient and was usually rather an expensive undertaking that lead to a lot of people not being diagnosed properly. Dr. Schwan provides the option of using the ARES APNEA Risk Evaulation System which a patient can take home and wear in the comfort of their own bed for the test.
Sleep Apnea is a serious health issue especially when undiagnosed. If you are concerned about the quality of you or your partners sleep, please contact Dr. Schwan's Chester County Dental Sleep Medicine for your no-risk FREE Consultation. You owe it to yourself and your health!