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By PearlFection Dentistry
March 18, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

When snoring or sleep apnea impacts your life and health, we’re here to help.

Are you dealing with chronic snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? If so, you may be surprised to discover that our dental team may be able to help you manage your symptoms. From the office of our Urbana and Frederick, MD, general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, oral surgeons Dr. Brian Chang and Dr. Leo Perez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani, pediatric dentist Dr. Leslie Oakes, an endodontist Dr. Patik Patel, here’s how the team at PearlFection Dentistry can help you manage these sleep problems and get a better night’s rest.

Are there ways to prevent sleep apnea and snoring?

You might be surprised to discover that there are ways to reduce your risk of developing sleep apnea. Some of these preventive measures include,

  • Maintaining a healthy weight (those who are overweight or obese are at a higher risk for developing OSA)
  • Avoiding alcohol, stimulants, and sedatives
  • Quitting smoking
  • Making sure that you get enough sleep every night
  • Sleeping on your side with your head slightly raised

If you are dealing with nasal congestion or obstruction it’s important to address this issue with a qualified ENT doctor, as this problem could increase your risk for snoring or sleep apnea symptoms. For minor nasal issues, you may want to try a neti pot to clean out the sinuses or wear nasal strips to bed.

How can a dentist help with my snoring and sleep apnea symptoms?

A dentist probably isn’t the first person you’d think of when it comes to treating these sleep issues; however, our Urbana and Frederick, MD, family dentists specialize in sleep dentistry. This means that we can provide custom oral appliances that can be used to combat both snoring and sleep apnea.

This simple dental device is worn over the upper and lower teeth (similar to a nightguard) when you sleep and helps to keep the airways open so that you don’t deal with obstructions and pauses in breathing. Oral appliance therapy is ideal for patients dealing with non-sleep apnea-related snoring, as well as mild to moderate forms of obstructive sleep apnea.

Here at PearlFection Dentistry, our Frederick and Urbana, MD, dentists have been able to help countless individuals dealing with chronic snoring and OSA manage their symptoms and improve their sleep hygiene and overall health. To find out how we can help you, simply call us at (301) 663-5550 to schedule a sleep dentistry evaluation.

By PearlFection Dentistry
November 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

In some cases, snoring can be caused by overweight, cold, alcohol use, or old age. But snoring can also be caused by an underlying condition known as sleep apnea. The team of dentists at Pearlfection Dentistry in Fredrick, MD is dedicated to offering the best quality dental services, general, pediatric, and cosmetic dental treatments as well as oral surgery.

What You Need to Know About Sleep Apnea

While most Fredrick residents who snore do not suffer from sleep apnea, typically people who do have sleep apnea snore quite loudly. This condition can be dangerous if it is not treated. Sleep apnea occurs when your normal breathing pattern is interrupted during sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea: causing the airflow to lessen or stop completely.
  • Central sleep apnea: the brain sends incorrect signals to the brain, disrupting breathing.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a much more common form.

Who Is at Risk of Sleep Apnea?

You may be at a higher risk of sleep apnea if:

  • You are overweight or obese
  • You are over the age of 60
  • You are a woman
  • You have an enlarged tongue or narrow throat
  • You drink alcohol
  • You smoke

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Signs and symptoms of this condition include:

  • Snoring
  • Gasping during sleep
  • Frequent waking during the night
  • Night sweats
  • Dry mouth
  • Morning headaches
  • Unrefreshing sleep

If left untreated, over time, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, which increases your risk of stroke and heart disease.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

In many cases, making some simple lifestyle changes is all it takes to resolve sleep apnea. In other more severe cases, a CPAP machine may be helpful. In very severe cases, surgery may be recommended.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of the dental specialists at Pearlfection Dentistry, call the Fredrick office at (301) 663-5550.

By PearlFection Dentistry
June 13, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Do you have sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a serious medical disorder in which breathing repeatedly starts and stops throughout the night, sleep apneacreating a myriad of health problems along the way. However, sleep apnea is treatable, and the dental experts at PearlFection Dentistry, located in Frederick and Urbana, MD, can help you! Read on to learn more.

About Sleep Apnea

In obstructive sleep apnea, the upper airway becomes blocked repeatedly during sleep, causing a stoppage or reduction in airflow. Each pause in breathing can last for a few seconds to a few minutes and may occur up to 30 times or more during sleep.

Causes of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea affects people of all ages, even children. Obesity is one of the most common causes of sleep apnea along with other factors including consuming alcohol, having certain illnesses, and taking medications. Other risk factors for sleep apnea include being over age 40 as well as having a family history of sleep apnea and nasal obstruction.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include pauses in breathing, loud snoring, gasping sounds, insomnia, daytime sleepiness, fatigue, morning headaches. People with sleep apnea may also experience irritability, memory loss, decreased sexual desire, and nocturia (waking during the night to go to the bathroom).

Sleep Apnea Treatments

For a mild case of sleep apnea, your dentist may recommend lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or avoiding alcohol. Sleep apnea is also treated with oral appliance therapy. This oral appliance repositions the jaw during sleep, improving airflow and reducing your symptoms, helping to give you a good night's rest. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious complications such as glaucoma, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and cognitive disorders.

You can stop sleep apnea today. Call PearlFection Dentistry at (301) 831-8303 for the Urbana office, and (301) 663-5550 for the Frederick location. Effective treatment of sleep apnea improves quality of life and improves psychological and physical health. You will experience exemplary service and world-class care thanks to our general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani. Serving the Hagerstown and Germantown, MD, areas, and also conveniently located only 45 minutes away from Washington DC and Baltimore.

By PearlFection Dentistry
July 25, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

Don’t let another night of poor sleep affect your quality of life.snoring, sleep apnea

Dealing with chronic and loud snoring is one of the main complaints among partners. If you or a loved one’s snoring is keeping everyone up at night, it’s important that you turn to a sleep specialist to find out if sleep apnea could be the reason for your snoring. Even if sleep apnea isn’t the cause, snoring can disrupt sleep and lead to daytime fatigue and a host of potentially serious and chronic health problems such as heart attacks, high blood pressure and stroke.

So, how can our Urbana, MD, dental team help? While it might seem rather odd to go to a dentist to treat your sleep apnea or snoring symptoms it’s actually not as odd as you might think. After all, there is a connection between your symptoms and your mouth. For example, in those with obstructive sleep apnea (the most common type of sleep apnea) the tissues in the back of the throat, or the tongue itself, end up blocking the airways throughout the night, affecting how much oxygen your brain and body are getting each and every night.

To prevent these obstructions from happening, our dental team will provide you with an oral appliance. Many people with sleep apnea will receive CPAP therapy to treat their condition. This is a standard treatment option, but it’s not the only treatment option. In fact, if your condition is mild you may not even need to wear the CPAP mask at all. You could get the treatment and results you need with our simple oral appliance. Instead of putting a mask over your nose and mouth each night you will pop this custom-made dental device over your upper and lower teeth.

An oral appliance looks similar to a mouthguard; however, it can work in one of two ways: It can either reposition the jaws forward to prevent the tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing at night or it can suppress the tongue so the tongue doesn’t block the airways while you sleep. This treatment has helped many patients get better quality sleep while eliminating snoring and sleep apnea symptoms.

Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana, MD, is ready to help you get the quality sleep you finally deserve. If you are dealing with sleep apnea or chronic snoring and are ready to find out if oral appliance therapy is right for you, give our office a call today!