Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep. Untreated sleep apnea can cause fatigue, and lead to high blood pressure, heart failure, stroke, mood disorder and other serious health problems. Sleep apnea is a medical condition and is covered by medical insurance. 

Dr Abdehou is one of a few dentist in Maryland who has undergone special training to treat patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea using oral appliances.  She received her certification from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.  

Types of Sleep Apnea

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. OSA occurs due to a physical blockage, usually the collapsing of the soft tissue in the back of the throat. In some cases, the blockage of air is so great that no air can get through, causing repeated awakenings throughout the night. Loud snorers often experience OSA.
  • Central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs because the muscles that control breathing don't receive the proper signals from the brain.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Insomnia
  • Periodic stoppage of breathing
  • Restless sleep
  • Loud snoring
  • Headaches upon waking
  • Sleeping/drowsiness during the day
  • Irritability or personality changes
  • Poor memory and difficulty with concentration
  • Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat


Treatment of obstructive sleep apnea can vary based on type and severity of apnea and many other factors specific to each and every patient. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, oral appliance therapy and surgery are some of the popular treatments.

What can you expect when you come to our office?

We will see you first for a consultation to review your medical history and evaluate your head and neck and throat. We thoroughly assess your oral, dental and skeletal contribution to airway constriction and review information from your sleep study report in order to confirm the diagnosis and determine the appropriate treatment option.

Oral appliance therapy can be a very effective therapy for many patients with snoring and obstructive apnea.

We treat you with one of many available FDA-approved oral appliances that are available based on many information that we gather through your first two visits.



Advance Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

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