Treating Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Contact us today to
 schedule a consultation

717-267-3922

Contact us today to 
schedule a consultation

717-267-3922

More than 57% of stroke victims suffer from sleep apnea

Sleep apnea and snoring presents a variety of health risks for both you and your bed partner.  On this page our goal is to educate you towards the symptoms and health risks.  If you believe you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea it is important to schedule the initial sleep study to obtain an official diagnosis from a physician.  From there we can begin looking at treatment options and appliances.  We invite you to take our free sleep survey.  Dr. Miller will review the information provided and contact you with your results.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Sleep Disorders?

There are three conditions involving sleep disorders:

1. Snoring – is the sound of partially obstructed breathing during sleep.  The sound comes from the vibration of the collapsible part of the airway where there is no rigid structure.

2. Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) – is midway between primary snoring and true obstructive sleep apnea.  Increased upper airway resistance in this syndrome does not lead to cessation of airflow or decrease in airflow, but instead leads to an arousal secondary to work of breathing to overcome this resistance.  There is no decrease of oxygen but with measurement of airflow through the nose and mouth, there are signs of decreased breathing.

3. Obstructed Sleep Apnea (OSA) – is a serious condition when the airway closes many times during the night causing a reduction in oxygen levels in the body and disruptive sleep.  The drop in oxygen levels causes a rise in blood pressure and heart rhythm disturbances.  In varying degrees, this can result in excessive daytime sleepiness, irregular heartbeat, stroke, and death.

What Can Dentistry Do For Me?

Good oral health care goes hand-in-hand with good positive quality of life.  Dr. Miller stays up to date on the latest technology in the dental field, and loves to take continuing education classes to ensure she is well-educated on the latest techniques in dentistry.

Only a dentist can make an oral appliance. 

Dr. Miller has had many hours of specific training in oral appliance therapy, and is familiar with various designs of appliances.  Currently, there are over 100 FDA approved appliances available.  She can determine which one is best suited for your specific needs.  Dr. Miller will work with your physician as part of your medical team in your treatment and on-going care.  After an initial 4 month oral appliance therapy, you will need to have a follow up sleep study to insure that the appliance is providing you with the best therapeutic results.

Why Should I Be Treated?

Increased risk of heart disease by 68%

9 times more likely to develop diabetes

1500 deaths/year – attributed for drowsy driving

8 times more likely to develop high blood pressure

Risk of stroke triples with moderate to severe apnea

Contributes to weight gain due to fatigue and hormone imbalances

Symptoms and health risks of sleep apnea

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Falling asleep during the day

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Memory problems

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Irritability

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Morning headaches

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Reflux

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Depression

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Weight gain

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Heart disease

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Stroke

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High blood pressure

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Sexual dysfunction

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Automobile accident

People who sleep next to a snorer with sleep apnea often suffer from

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Aches and pains

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Fatigue and daytime sleepiness

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Fibromyalgia

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Depression

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Memory impairment

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Sexual dysfunction

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Weight gain

It all starts with an initial consultation

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Address

435 Limekiln Dr,
Chambersburg, PA 17201

Phone

717-830-5337

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