Dr. Greenbaum, Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. Board Certified in Dental Sleep Medicine.
Do you have sleep apnea? Do you feel tired all day? Do you have trouble concentrating? Are you irritable? Does your sleeping partner complain that you snore? These symptoms could indicate you may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
What is sleep apnea?
An apnea refers to a period in which the soft tissues at the back of the mouth collapse while you sleep. When airflow becomes obstructed like this, breathing stops, often for ten seconds or longer. A person with this condition may experience these interruptions hundreds of times throughout the night, resulting in oxygen depletion to the brain. Most people who have the condition are unaware of a problem other than snoring.
How is sleep apnea screened?
To aid in your diagnosis, Dr. Greenbaum employs a sleep monitoring system for home use. You’ll sleep in the comfort of your own bed while a portable device collects data about your breathing, heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, and more. Reap the benefits of Dr. Greenbaum’s expertise regarding sleep apnea today.
Why should I be concerned?
Decreased oxygen flow to the brain can have many negative side effects including:
- Memory loss
- Daytime fatigue
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
What are my treatment options?
Oral appliance therapy is highly effective in treating snoring. Research studies on OSA have shown that for mild apnea, the mandibular advancement devices reduce the apnea level to normal for many patients. Mandibular advancement appliances are also very successful in treating patients who have moderate OSA. The patients with severe OSA may or may not be good candidates for an oral appliance. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Greenbaum if you would like to find out for sure whether an MAS device is right for you.
Is it comfortable and effective?
The SomnoMed sleep appliance is made from thin, flexible material that forms to the contours of your mouth. Dr. Greenbaum will custom-design the appliance, which will ensure a comfortable fit.
Can children have sleep apnea?
Many people assume that this is exclusively an adult condition. But sleep breathing disorders aren’t limited by age boundaries, and otherwise healthy children may be affected by sleep apnea. In fact, sleep apnea could contribute to behavior and attention problems in children. Proper evaluation and testing can identify and diagnose any sleep disorders that may be affecting your child. Childhood sleep disorders include sleep apnea, snoring, and insomnia, as well as TMJ issues and bruxism in children.
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Dr. Greenbaum is committed to providing the latest diagnostic techniques and treatment methods to patients. That’s why he participates in continuing education seminars, including continual education courses in dental sleep medicine. Call our Bethesda dental office today to schedule a consultation. A custom oral appliance could be the answer you need.