Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Millions of people lose quality sleep to conditions like obstructive sleep apnea and excessive snoring. Our sleep is precious. We need adequate rest to repair and regenerate our body’s complex systems. Untreated sleep apnea can have far-reaching effects on our mental and physical wellbeing. This is why seeking accurate diagnoses and effective treatment is important for safeguarding your health. Kessler Dental Associates offers comfortable treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and excessive snoring.

Causes and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a difficult condition to diagnose and treat for many people – partially due to the fact that people are unaware of their breathing patterns during rest. OSA disrupts our ability to breathe properly because tissues surrounding the soft palate collapse into the airway. As we cease breathing (apnea), our brains send signals to wake the body to reinstate proper breathing. The cycle of apnea followed by slight wakefulness interrupts the natural progression through each stage of sleep and REM.

The symptoms of sleep apnea, such as persistent fatigue, mood disturbances like anxiety and depression, and overall malaise can be easily mistaken for other conditions and ailments. These factors mean that sleep studies are necessary to provide accurate diagnoses.

OSA and excessive snoring can develop after weight gain. Bulky throat tissue and occlusal issues also exacerbate airway problems during rest. Symptoms can also worsen when a person smokes or drinks -especially if they do so before bed. Certain medications that have sedating effects make airway obstruction more prevalent as well.

Lifestyle changes such as adopting a weight loss program and abstaining from smoking or drinking can improve some people’s symptoms.

Oral Appliance Therapy

Our practice uses oral appliance therapy to treat sleep apnea and excessive snoring. This involves wearing a mouthguard-like appliance during sleep. The oral appliance will position the lower mandible forward to widen the airway. Increasing the diameter of the airway prevents the air obstruction that leads to episodes of apnea. These appliances are custom made so that they fit securely in the mouth. Oral appliance therapy is a comfortable, quiet, and portable treatment option.

While oral appliance therapy is effective for promoting healthy breathing during sleep, it might not meet the needs of everyone. This is why we recommend consulting with one of our sleep dentists to evaluate your treatment options. Call Kessler Dental Associates today to set up an appointment.

Common Snoring and Sleep Apnea Questions
How can you stop sleep apnea?

Easing the effects of sleep apnea first begins with pursuing an accurate diagnosis. Sleep apnea requires a professional sleep study for diagnoses. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, patients can then pursue different treatment options by consulting with medical professionals.

Many patients seek treatment from oral health professionals. Kessler Dental Associates provides treatment for sleep apnea and obstructive snoring with oral appliances. Oral appliances are custom made, mouthguard-like components that slightly hold the lower mandible (jaw) forward to increase the diameter of a patient’s airway. Since malocclusions contribute to airway obstruction, treatments like restorations and orthodontic care can also improve airway health. Lifestyle and dietary changes can improve a patient’s symptoms as well – especially if one is overweight, smokes, or drinks.

When developing a person’s treatment plan for sleep apnea, our team takes an array of factors into consideration to promote effective and comfortable relief.

What are the causes of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is directly caused by tissue surrounding the soft palate collapsing into the back of the mouth, blocking the airway. A number of underlying issues can contribute to sleep apnea. Beyond lifestyle habits like smoking and excess weight, issues with jaw alignment and the development of bulky throat tissue contribute to sleep apnea, too.

Our team at Kessler Dental Associates provides oral appliance therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea. In addition to oral appliances, we might recommend lifestyle and dietary changes to improve airway health as well.

Is an oral appliance an effective sleep apnea treatment option?

Oral appliance therapy has become a popular treatment method for sleep apnea because it is effective, comfortable, and convenient. Oral appliances for managing sleep apnea are worn similarly to mouth guards. They are custom made so that they fit comfortably.

These oral appliances decrease airway restriction by positioning the lower jaw slightly forward, which widens the airway. Many patients prefer oral appliances to other treatment options because they are discreet, comfortable, and portable.

While oral appliance therapy is well-received by sleep health professionals and patients alike, there are instances where other treatment protocols like corrective surgery and CPAP therapy could be more effective. Our team develops custom treatment plans based on the unique needs of the individual.

Is untreated sleep apnea dangerous to someone's health?

Researchers have studied the effects of untreated sleep apnea on health. Various studies have pointed to an increased risk for cardiovascular and pulmonary health problems among people with untreated sleep apnea. It appears that the erratic breathing present during sleep apnea could weaken the heart. Oxygen levels can also be affected by erratic breathing.

Sleep deprivation is another way that untreated sleep apnea could negatively affect a person’s health. Episodes of apnea disrupt a sleeper from progressing through stages of sleep without interruption. This affects one’s ability to achieve healthy, genuine rest. Sleep deprivation affects many aspects of health, including immunity, cellular regeneration, and cognitive abilities.

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At Kessler Dental Associates, our goal is to provide you with exceptional dentistry in a calm, state-of-the-art, caring environment.
Dr. Lon R. Kessler | General Dentistry | Kessler Dental | Phoenixville,PA
Dr. Lon R. Kessler


Dr. Kessler is the founder of Kessler Dental Associates. Voted Top Dentist by Main Line Today Magazine for the past four consecutive years, Dr. Kessler has over 30 years of experience in the field of dentistry.

Dr. Amanda Hemmer | General Dentistry | Kessler Dental | Phoenixville,PA
Dr. Amanda Hemmer


Dr. Hemmer grew up in Abington, PA. She is a graduate of The Schreyer Honors College at The Penn State University and she received her dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Alyssa Nielubowicz | General Dentistry | Kessler Dental | Phoenixville,PA
Dr. Alyssa Nielubowicz


Dr. Nielubowicz was raised in Moorestown, NJ. She graduated with Honors in Clinical Dentistry from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and she strives to provide the highest standard of care to her patients.

Dr. Pavithra Balasubramanian | General Dentistry | Kessler Dental | Phoenixville,PA
Dr. Pavithra Balasubramanian


Dr. Balasubramanian graduated with a Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery from College of Dental Sciences ,Davangere ,India and moved to the United States in 2009 to pursue further education in the field of dentistry.

Dr. Lawrence M. Butler


Dr. Butler is a Board Certified Periodontist. He graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry and the Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry, and he has over three decades of experience as the founder of North Penn Periodontal Associates.

Dr. Gerald Ginsberg


Dr. Ginsberg is a Board Certified Orthodontist, who specializes in Invisalign®. A member of Invisalign’s Alpha Group, Dr. Ginsberg helped develop and perfect the Invisalign technique, and several of his patient case studies are featured on the Invisalign website.

Dr. Peter Susanin


Dr. Susanin graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry and received his certificate in Periodontics from Tufts University. He is known for his incisonless method of removing teeth, extensive experience with dental implants and conservative periodontal therapy.

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