SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT IN OCEAN CITY
As a highly-trained dentist and a renowned sleep apnea professional, Dr. Edward Dougherty is your trusted source for OSA treatment and snoring solutions in Ocean City and the surrounding areas. He attended the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, as well as the prestigious Misch Implant Institute. Dr. Dougherty has lectured across America and around the world, and his work has been featured on nationally syndicated television and radio. With his extensive experience, accreditations, and a passion for helping his patients achieve optimal health, Dr. Dougherty has provided countless men and women with relief from chronic snoring and sleep apnea, and he’d like to help you, too. Experience the difference that our dedication, expertise, and advanced sleep apnea technology can make in your life today.
Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by numerous lapses in breathing during sleep. When the brain and body are consistently deprived of oxygen due to repeated instances of apnea, the patient’s risk for serious medical conditions grows significantly. One of the most frequently utilized sleep apnea solutions is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). CPAP is a proven therapy commonly used to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. The CPAP machine produces a steady supply of pressurized air via a face mask that is worn while the patient sleeps. This keeps the airway open and ensures continuous breathing throughout the night.
In cases of mild to moderate sleep apnea, custom oral appliances are typically just as effective as CPAP therapy. Often referred to as snore guards, these appliances are custom-made to fit each patient’s jaw and dentition in order to provide comfortable relief from snoring and sleep apnea. The snore guard is worn while the patient sleeps, preventing lapses in breathing and the vibrations that we associate with snoring. Oral appliances are small and easily portable, and their custom fit makes sleeping easier for patients who aren’t able to tolerate a CPAP mask.
For some patients, the most effective way to treat sleep apnea involves the combined use of an oral appliance and a CPAP machine. This method is particularly effective for patients who experience difficulty tolerating CPAP. The oral appliance mitigates the pressure created by the CPAP machine, promoting improved comfort and efficacy. Sleep apnea treatment effectively reduces a patient’s risk of developing a variety of health conditions, including high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes and more. In addition, sleep partners of patients with OSA report feeling more rested following a night free from excessive snoring.
Snoring can be reason enough to talk about getting a sleep test. Because obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is closely associated with a number of serious illnesses, including arterial hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and metabolic syndrome, it is imperative to get tested and get treated.
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