The Silent Epidemic: Sleep Apnea

Did you know that over 200,000 people suffer from sleep apnea? What is more, several studies have shown an association between sleep apnea and problems like type 2 diabetes, strokes, heart attacks, and even a shortened lifespan.

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder where one's breathing stops and repeatedly starts during sleep. Someone with this condition usually has at least five such episodes an hour.The disorder can occur in children and adults, but it is much more commonly found in the elderly.Symptoms include daytime fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and headaches. Perhaps the most dangerous factor is that many people don't know they have the condition until someone else discovers it first.


Sleep apnea symptoms can include headaches or sore throats especially in the morning. Other symptoms include frequent nighttime urination, dry mouth upon awakening, snoring, and being chronically tired throughout the day.Sleep apnea is a severe disorder that can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, and cardiovascular problems.


If you suspect you have obstructive sleep apnea, talk to our specialists at the Center for Exceptional Dentistry. We can help evaluate your risk factors, diagnose any issues and develop a personalized treatment plan for you.Depending on your case, treatment can include:

  • Diet changes
  • A mouthpiece
  • CPAP
  • Sleep cycle changes
  • Lifestyle changes

It's essential to take care of your health, and sleep apnea is a condition that needs to be taken seriously. Sleep apnea can increase your risk for many other diseases and conditions. Even if you don't think it's causing any issues, talk to our specialists at the Center for Exceptional Dentistry to see if an evaluation is proper for you.

Benefits of Treating Your Sleep Apnea

When it comes to treating your sleep apnea, timing is critical. If it isn't treated as soon as possible, this disorder can increase your risk for many other diseases or disorders. With the help of our team at the Center for Exceptional Dentistry, we can determine if there are any oral factors that may be causing or affecting your sleep apnea. Then we can create a personalized treatment plan to provide you with relief from both your symptoms and overall health risks.

Treating Sleep Apnea in Pittsburgh, PA

Sleep apnea treatment requires a neuromuscular dental professional. Sleep apnea can cause a broad spectrum of symptoms making it difficult to diagnose and treat. Dr. Firouzi at the Center for Exceptional Dentistry specializes in TMJ and sleep apnea treatment making his office an excellent resource for those in need of relief. Visit our contact page here or call (412) 274-1126 today for more information.