Sleep Apnea Dentists
in Havre de Grace, MD
Get the healthy and restful sleep your body needs.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is incredibly common. It’s estimated that millions of people suffer from sleep apnea without even realizing it. They may think they are just tired or not getting enough sleep, but the truth is that their bodies just aren’t allowing them to get the deep sleep they need.
People who have sleep apnea stop breathing for short periods of time while they’re asleep. This jolts their bodies awake. Oftentimes these periods of wakefulness are too short to notice (maybe just a few seconds) but long enough and frequent enough to prevent the body from entering the deepest stages of REM and Delta wave sleep.
During deep sleep, blood flow to the brain increases and your immune system works to heal your body. Without deep sleep, you are at increased risk of chronic health problems and decreased quality of life.
At Union Dental Center in Havre de Grace, Dr. Friedman is the area’s trusted sleep apnea dentist. He continually educates himself on the most up-to-date techniques and is proud to offer compassionate, personalized care to all of his patients.
What’s Your Sleep Apnea Risk?
Sleep apnea can happen to anyone, but the highest risk group is overweight men over the age of 40. However, it’s possible that more women have undiagnosed sleep apnea than men because their risk is assumed to be lower.
The key to effective sleep apnea treatment is recognizing the most common symptoms, which include:
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
At Union Dental Center, we take a personalized and innovative approach to treating sleep apnea.
We’ll evaluate your symptoms and learn about your medical and dental history. Because sleep apnea can have a variety of causes, the treatment must be tailored to your unique situation.
Dr. Friedman will outline a treatment plan for your sleep apnea, which might include:
- Oral appliances — A mouthguard worn while you sleep can improve the position of your jaw and keep your airway open.
- Laser light therapy — A new type of laser therapy might be right for your situation.
- Referral to a sleep specialist — We may recommend you seek treatment from a physician who’s experienced in treating sleep disorders.
Our Office Features…
Welcoming & Friendly Staff
We love to smile and to see you smile, too! We want you to enjoy your time with a sleep apnea dentist.
We stay up-to-date on the latest methods for sleep apnea treatments.
We offer a variety of payment and financing options. Treatments are available for any budgets.
Our goal is to help you get to sleep soundly. We’ll develop a treatment plan to make that happen.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Apnea
What happens if sleep apnea is left untreated?
Left untreated, sleep apnea puts you at a higher risk for several issues, including daytime fatigue, high blood pressure, hypertension, heart problems, type 2 diabetes, depression, and liver problems.
Do I have sleep apnea?
If you are constantly tired (no matter how much you sleep) and have been told that you snore, you may suffer from sleep apnea. Remember that not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, so the best way to find out if you have it is to visit us for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
What causes sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue in your throat relaxes too much while you sleep and blocks your airway, making it difficult to breathe normally.
Other types of sleep apnea include central sleep apnea (which originates in the brain) and complex sleep apnea (a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea).
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