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Sleep Apnea Therapy in Ocean City, MD Helps Tired Patients Rest Easier

Sleep apnea is a common disorder that can leave you exhausted and irritated from day to day, stealing your well-earned night of rest again and again. What most patients don’t realize, however, is that a trained dentist like Dr. Edward Dougherty may be able to provide effective, long-term relief for this troubling condition. With customized oral appliance therapy, you can wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead again. Please contact our Ocean City, MD practice today if you have any questions for our team or if you’re ready to schedule a first consultation.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (also known as OSA) occurs when a patient’s airway becomes partially or fully blocked as they sleep at night. This blockage results in a dangerous lack of oxygen for the body, forcing the brain to awaken the patient so that they can clear their airway. These interruptions may only last for a few seconds and not be remembered in the morning, but because they can happen hundreds of times per night, your sleep becomes deeply fragmented as a result. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include the following:

How Does A Dentist Treat Sleep Apnea?

Traditionally, a CPAP machine was the only method for effectively treating sleep apnea. However, this bulky machinery has a high intolerance rate because of the discomfort and noise involved, and many patients over time have chosen to go without it as a result. Thankfully, Dr. Dougherty offers oral appliance therapy as a much more convenient and comfortable alternative. These custom-made devices are designed to comfortably reposition the jaw and/or tongue so that an airway blockage is much less likely to happen, allowing patients to breathe easy and enjoy deep, uninterrupted sleep every night. 

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