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1660 Village Green
Crofton, MD 21114

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Sleep Apnea in Crofton, MD

Everyone has the occasional bad night of sleep. However, for millions of Americans, every night is a bad night of sleep. No matter what you do, you wake up morning after morning feeling completely exhausted, like you never went to sleep in the first place. This is a condition known as sleep apnea. With diagnosis and proper treatment, your sleep quality, and quality of life can be restored. The Mugford Center is here to help.

What is Sleep Apnea?

When you have sleep apnea, your breathing is interrupted for several seconds several times while you sleep. When you stop breathing, you wake up, even if you are unaware of it. This disrupts your sleep cycles, forcing you to restart them all over again each time. Not only does sleep apnea impact your sleep, leaving you exhausted, it can also affect your mental and physical health as well.

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects how you breathe when sleeping. During sleep, normal breathing can be interrupted for 10 seconds or more hundreds of times during a single night. Untreated sleep apnea prevents you from getting enough deep, restorative sleep. Without enough deep sleep you may be sleepy, lack mental sharpness and be less productive. Long term health effects can be serious, including weight gain, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

What are the Causes and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

In order to diagnose sleep apnea, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Mugford.

Sleep Apnea Causes

There are three different types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and mixed sleep apnea. Mixed sleep apnea, also called complex sleep apnea syndrome, is a mixture of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. This particular type of sleep apnea occurs when your airway becomes blocked, either by your tongue or other intraoral tissues. When your airway is blocked by these tissues, it can interfere with your breathing.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

•  Loud, chronic snoring
•  Insomnia
•  Breathing pauses for long periods
•  Waking up often at night
•  Forgetfulness, irritability, depression

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How is Sleep Apnea Diagnoses and Treated?

Sleep Apnea Diagnosis

Diagnosing sleep apnea is typically done through a sleep study, which is performed in a sleep clinic. During your sleep study, which is called a polysomnogram, you are attached to machines that monitor and record different information while you sleep. Your heart rate, breathing, brain activities, blood oxygen levels, and the movements of your arms and legs are all monitored. After your sleep study is complete, the next day, the recorded information is read by a sleep specialist, who can interpret the results and diagnose sleep apnea or other sleep-related issues and prescribe you with appropriate treatment.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

There are a number of different treatments that may be recommended for sleep apnea.
•  Specialist: Talk to a doctor trained in sleep apnea. Come visit Dr. Mugford today to start the process.
•  Oxygen Aid: Use supplemental oxygen while sleeping. This will help treat the symptoms, but it may not address any underlying issues.
•  C-PAP Machine: A C-PAP (Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure) machine is a machine that delivers a constant flow of air through a small mask that is worn over your nose. This helps to keep your airway open while you sleep.
•  Oral Appliance: This treatment involves the use of a custom fit guard similar to a mouth guard that is worn while you sleep. These oral appliances, made by Dr. Mugford's office, help your airway to stay open by keeping your lower jaw forward and preventing soft tissues from falling into your airway.
•  Oral Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be required. There are a few different types of procedures that may be performed, including removing excess oral tissue or moving your lower jaw forward.

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What are the Types of Sleep Apnea?


Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea, commonly abbreviated as OSA, is the most common type of sleep apnea. This particular sleep apnea is caused by a partial or full blockage of your airway.

Central Sleep Apnea

Central sleep apnea, or CSA, is a type of sleep apnea that is much less common than OSA. It occurs when your brain temporarily fails to signal to the muscles that control your breathing that you need to breathe.

Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome

Complex sleep apnea syndrome, also referred to as mixed sleep apnea, is a type of sleep apnea that is a mix of both obstructive and central sleep apnea.

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Schedule Your Sleep Apnea Consultation Today

The proper diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea can help you to get the sleep you need, restoring your quality of life. For more information or to schedule your consultation, call The Mugford Center today at (410) 260-0790. We can help identify and diagnose the severity of the sleep apnea and discuss the best treatment options for your unique situation. For more information about our practice, see our office information page.
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