Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Columbia, MD
Are You Tired of Waking Up Tired?
A common problem for many people is that they wake up in the morning feeling exhausted, even though they swear they got a full eight hours of sleep. The problem may be obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)—a potentially dangerous disorder that goes undiagnosed in an estimated 17 million Americans.
Typically, OSA is treated using a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, but around 50% of patients who are prescribed one end up not using it due to the discomfort caused by its bulky mask and straps. Fortunately, Dr. Moskowitz helps patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea using comfortable and convenient oral appliances and gentle laser treatment.
The Dangers of Sleep Apnea
In patients with OSA, the soft tissue at the back of the throat relaxes during sleep, causing a blockage of the airway. This results in pauses in breathing that can last for up to a minute or longer. These stoppages can occur hundreds of times per night with the afflicted person unaware they are even happening—and the effects can be very harmful to their health. Over time, this can lead to serious issues, including liver problems, digestive problems, thyroid problems, high blood pressure, chronic headaches, heart failure and depression or anxiety issues.
Beneficial Oral Appliance Therapy For Sleep Apnea in Baltimore, MD
Oral appliances are small mouthguard-like devices that are customized to fit over patients’ teeth. They are more comfortable to wear than a CPAP mask and more convenient for travel.
Dr. Moskowitz offers two types of oral appliances and can determine which will give each patient the best results; one gently keeps the lower jaw shifted slightly forward to allow for uninterrupted airflow during sleep (below left), while the other (below right) allows for a ventilation hose to be attached without the need for an intrusive CPAP mask.
Sleep Apnea State-of-the-Art Laser Treatment in Elkridge & Columbia, MD
Dr. Moskowitz also offers sophisticated laser treatment that stimulates collagen production at the back of the throat. He uses an advanced, non-invasive Solea CO2 laser to help with snoring. It takes as little as five minutes to gently tighten tissues and open up the airway. Patients report zero discomfort during the procedure, and the relief from snoring—both for patients and their partners—can last up to 15 months.
“Even in cases of very mild sleep apnea, the laser may solve the problem without even the need for an oral appliance,” says Dr. Moskowitz.
How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?
Some key symptoms of OSA include the following:
- Loud snoring
- Extreme drowsiness throughout the day
- Waking up short of breath
- Morning headaches
- Neck pain
- Scalloped edges of the tongue—this indicates the tongue is being thrust up against the teeth during the night to try to unblock the airway
Dr. Moskowitz helps patients identify if they may have OSA using his 3D CT scanner, along with an oral examination and consultation with the patient. If sleep apnea is indicated, he will work with a medical doctor to get a sleep study done for an official diagnosis.
Schedule a Consultation
If you or someone you know could be suffering from sleep apnea, Dr. Moskowitz may be able to provide a treatment for you. Contact us at 410-744-6088 to schedule a consultation at our Columbia office today. Our practice serves Columbia, Baltimore and surrounding areas in Maryland.
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