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Sleep Apnea Treatment Fallston, MD

Sleep ApneaAn Overview

Though you may not think of visiting the dentist for snoring or sleep apnea treatment, Dr. Elliott is able to treat sleep-related breathing disorders and sleep apnea using oral appliance therapy.

Snoring is an extremely complex condition affecting millions of Americans. Both the snorer and their partner have a diminished quality of sleep. In addition, studies have linked snoring to major health problems including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

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According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, an estimated 50% of people who snore loudly have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The most common of the sleep-related breathing disorders is obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. Patients who suffer from OSA repeatedly stop breathing during sleep, as a result of a blockage in the airway – commonly caused by a collapse of the soft tissue in the back of the mouths. Some patients may stop breathing up to 600 times a night.

When a patient stops breathing they deprive their internal organs of essential oxygen. Many patients may wake up suddenly gasping for air or feel unrested even after a full nights sleep.

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea can be treated by Dr. Elliott using dental sleep medicine and oral appliance therapy. Seeking treatment for OSA as soon as possible can improve your quality of life and overall health.

Sleep apnea can increase your risk for heart attack and stroke over time and also lead to an increased risk of developing both cardiovascular and systemic disease.

Common Signs of Sleep Apnea

  • Snoring, gasping for air during sleep
  • Feeling groggy or tired in the morning
  • Difficulty concentrating during the day
  • Fatigue, irritability, moodiness
  • Dry mouth upon waking

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Sleep Apnea What to Expect

Dental sleep medicine centers around treating sleep disorders such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea through oral appliance therapy. The first step is typically a sleep study to evaluate your breathing during sleep and obtain an accurate diagnosis.

Dr. Elliott works with patients on an individual basis to address concerns about a sleep disorder and can work with your general physician for proper medical diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Sleep Study

A sleep study can determine your risk for a sleep-related disorder and aid in choosing the most suitable treatment to address symptoms. Dr. Elliott offers an online sleep risk assessment for patients as a first step towards improving health and getting a better night’s rest:

If you are experiencing any of the common signs of sleep apnea or could be considered at risk, taking this online assessment could ultimately be life-saving. Risk factors can include:

  • Being male
  • Over the age of 45
  • Large neck circumference
  • Enlarged tonsils
  • Hypertension, high blood pressure
  • Diabetic
  • Overweight, obese
  • Smoker

Oral Appliances: An Alternative to the CPAP

An oral appliance is a custom fit removable device, also known as a snore guard, mouth guard or night guard. Oral appliance therapy is often the first line of treatment for snoring and diagnosed mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.

Studies show that patients who have been successfully treated for sleep apnea with both the CPAP and a dental appliance preferred the dental appliance as their long-term option.

A snore guard, or snoring mouthpiece, is designed to keep the airways open during sleep. Similar to a sports mouth guard, a snore guard helps to keep the jaws in proper alignment and the tongue and soft tissue in their proper place to prevent them from blocking the airway.

An alternative to the CPAP for patients who have milder cases of sleep apnea or are intolerant of the CPAP, oral appliances are comfortable, discreet and transportable.

Sleep Apnea FAQs

What foods cause sleep apnea?

Foods that are high in fat and dairy may worsen the effects of, or cause sleep apnea. Dairy increases the body’s mucus production which makes airways more narrow, worsening the effects of sleep apnea.

What is the best position to sleep if you have sleep apnea?

The best position to sleep in with sleep apnea is on your side. The right side is preferred because it reduces snoring, opens airways, and increases blood flow.

What is the life expectancy of someone with sleep apnea?

Patients who have had sleep apnea for 5 years have a 30% increased risk of having a heart attack or dying. The severity and longevity of sleep apnea varies from patient to patient. Depending on these factors a patient’s life expectancy may shorten or be longer.

What is an Oral Appliance and how does it work?

An oral appliance is a customized, removable device, designed to keep the airways open while the patient sleeps, preventing snoring and sleep apnea. More commonly called a snore guard, an oral appliance is similar to a sports mouthguard and helps keep the jaws in proper alignment, and the tongue and soft tissue in their proper place to prevent them from blocking the airway.